“I give him medicine so that he sleeps and does not ask for milk”: Afghan women who anesthetize their children so that they do not suffer from hunger

image Source, BBC/Aamir Pirzada


Sohaila Niazi has spent the past few weeks serving tea to her youngest daughter.

  • Author, Yogita Limaye
  • Role, Afghanistan correspondent, BBC News

“The last time I was able to buy milk for my child was two months ago. I usually fill his bottle with tea. Or I soak bread in tea and then give it to him.”

These were the words Sohela Niazi spoke while sitting on the floor of her mud house atop a hill east of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

There is no road to reach where the woman lives, so you have to walk through steep mud paths, where sewage flows.

Sohaila is a widow. They have six children, the youngest being a 15-month-old girl named Husna Fakiri.

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