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Vital organs, including kidneys, are being sold in Afghanistan as the population bids to avoid poverty.
Since the US, the UK and NATO forces withdrew from the country in August – which saw terror group the Taliban regain control after more then 20 years – Afghanistan natives have suffered from worsening destitution.
And now it has been revealed that more and more people have resorted to selling their organs – just a few months after it was revealed that desperate mothers were selling their own babies to survive, as The Mirror reported.
According to Urologist and Kidney transplant surgeon Dr Nasir Ahmad – who claims to have undertaken 85 kidney transplant operations in the last 12 months – a donor and buyer can come to an agreement over a kidney for the price of 600,000 Afghanis, which is around £4,500.
The kidney itself, depending on blood type, costs around £1,400, while the rest goes towards hospital costs, including medicines and operation feels.
And colleague Dr Ahmad Shekaib, and internal medicine specialist said that the people giving up their organs are “risking their lives” to do so.
He said: “Most of the people who sell their kidneys due to economic problems will face health problems in the long run for lacking a kidney.
“The culture of kidney donation is not normal in Afghanistan. Most of the kidney donors are volunteers with economic problems who sell their kidneys to other people.”
To help ease the crisis, the Taliban said, earlier this week, that it was expanding its “food for work” programme, where public sector workers are paid in wheat donated by other countries.
However, the UN has now appealed for more than £3.2 billion in aid for the country.
Around 40,000 workers are being paid around 10kg of wheat per day, with most of it going to pay labourers in the country's capital of Kabul – but it will now be expanded to the rest of the country.
Pakistan has given 18 tonnes of wheat, with another 37 to come, while India has given 55 tonnes to fund the scheme.
"We go into 2022 with unprecedented levels of need amongst ordinary women, men and children of Afghanistan. 24.4 million people are in humanitarian need – more than half the population," a UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokesman said.
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