The photograph accompanying this article could come from an appeal by one of the relief organizations that advertise on late-night TV, informing you that for pennies a day you can feed a starving child. In actuality, this doe-eyed 7-year-old was saved from a fate far worse than starvation.
CNN has the outrageous story of this child of present-day Afghanistan. Her name is Naghma, and last year when she was 6, her father, Taj Mohammad, found himself saddled with crushing debt. Unable to come up with the $2,500 he had borrowed to cover his wife’s medical bills, he offered the loan shark the only fungible asset he had — his daughter’s hand in marriage.
CNN goes on with this story of heartache and remorse, but let us pause a second and reflect on the facts presented so far. A father, here in the twenty-first century, is willing to sell his own flesh and blood of a tender age as chattel to expunge a debt. Equally incomprehensible is the fact that the deal was accepted! Try to imagine, if you can, the nature of the pedophilia that would permit an adult knowingly to consummate a relationship with a 6-year-old.