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Since the Taliban takeover, poor Afghans have been driven to sell kidneys after flogging babies

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The situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated since America, Britain and NATO left in mid-August 2021, leading some people to sell their organs to survive

Vital organs, including kidneys, are being sold in Afghanistan as the population tries to avoid poverty.

Since America, Britain and NATO forces withdrew from the country in August – resulting in the Taliban terror group regaining control after more than 20 years – Afghan indigenous people have been suffering from worsening hardship.

And now it’s been revealed that more and more people have resorted to selling their organs – just months after it was revealed that desperate mothers were selling their own babies to survive, The Mirror reported.

According to urologist and kidney transplant surgeon Dr. Nasir Ahmad – who claims to have performed 85 kidney transplants in the last 12 months – a donor and buyer can agree on a kidney at a price of 600,000 afghanis, which is around £4,500.

The kidney itself costs around £1,400, depending on your blood group, while the rest goes towards hospital costs including medicines and surgery feelings.

And colleague Dr. Ahmad Shekaib, a specialist in internal medicine, said that people who donate their organs are “risking their lives” to do so.

He said: “Most people who sell their kidneys because of economic problems will end up with health problems in the long run because they are missing a kidney.

“The culture of kidney donation is not normal in Afghanistan. Most kidney donors are volunteers with economic problems who sell their kidneys to other people.”

To help alleviate the crisis, the Taliban said earlier this week they are expanding their “Food for Work” program, under which public sector workers are paid with wheat donated by other countries.

However, the UN has now called for more than £3.2 billion in aid to the country.

Around 40,000 workers receive around 10kg of wheat a day, with the bulk of this paying workers in the country’s capital, Kabul – but it is now being extended to the rest of the country.

Pakistan has provided 18 tons of wheat with another 37 to follow, while India has provided 55 tons to fund the program.

“We enter 2022 with an unprecedented level of hardship among ordinary women, men and children of Afghanistan. 24.4 million people are in humanitarian need – more than half of the population,” said a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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