Baby girl sold for less than £400 by starving family as millions could starve

A baby girl was sold for less than £400 as the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan gets worse and millions face starvation.

The anonymised mum said she was forced to sell the angelic girl because the rest of her kids were so desperate for food.

She told the BBC : "My other children were dying of hunger so we had to sell my daughter.

"How can I not be sad? She is my daughter.

"I wish I didn't have to sell my daughter."

Her bin man husband no longer earns a salary as public sector workers have been left with nothing since the Taliban took over.

Foreign governments also withdrew aid funding.

The baby's dad explained: "We are starving. We have nothing.

"My daughter doesn't know what her future will be.

"I don't know how she'll feel about it. But I had to do it."

Once the girl is able to walk, the parents explained, she'll be taken away by the buyer.

He has already paid more than half the $500 (£360) sum promised for the girl, a huge amount to the desperate family.

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One French charity hospital in the west of the country shows the reality of a country overwhelmed by poverty, illness and drug addictions, reports said.

Horrifying footage shows starved babies hooked up to lifesaving hospital equipment due to food shortages gripping the country.

One six-month-old, Usman, weighs just half the healthy weight of a baby his age.

His traumatised mum said: "Two of my children are facing death because we don't have any money.

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"I don't want any other mother to see their children suffering like this."

A UN report estimated as many as 3 million children could starve – and 1 million may die – if the humanitarian crisis isn't acted on immediately.

The Médecins Sans Frontières facility in Herat, western Afghanistan is the only clinic for hundreds of miles.

Doctors and nurses haven't been paid for four months.

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