An Afghan refugee camp/

An Afghan refugee camp/

The New York Times Published an impressive story about a six years old  Afghan girl who was going to be used as a payment to a debt for medical bills by her family living in a refugee camp in Kabul for a total amount  of 2,500$. She was going to be given in marriage to a 17 years old boy to solve the debt and because of the uses of this other family she would have to stop to study and begin to serve. Her parents were devastated, but they didn’t have the money to pay the debt and they had to accept the “jirga” or assembly agreement. Finally, after the story was published and widely diffused, an unknown donor appeared and pay the amount and it seems that the girl will stay with her family in the refugee camp.

But this story that is only the tip of an iceberg that it had the good luck to reach the great media. Only shows how much hidden cases of human trafficking there are around the world. People, above all women and children used as payment for debts in Countries, ethnic groups or whole cultures, as pieces of change like animals and in the whole world as a profitable illegal activity that leads to modern slavery with prostitution, sexual exploitation, forced labour , or even the removal of organs for sell, to don’t speak of forced recruiting of children as soldiers.  In 2008, the United Nations estimated nearly 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are being trafficked into 137 countries around the world. Almost none of them had so much echo in the big media and anonymous donors to save them from became slaves in this XXI Century.

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About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


Ethics, Middle East, World and Politics


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