I want to say that opium growers would have to kill me, my husband and my children before I would let them take my 7-year-old daughter to achieve the return of my husband (and my husband would approve) – but I haven’t been in that miserable hell hole, Afghanistan, so I know only what I hope I would do, but not what I actually would do. Information like what you see in the video is important because this is a Muslim country, this behavior goes on every day, and such torture is dear to the hearts of rogue Muslim men. See the video below. As one of the fathers says: the smugglers are “beyond the bounds of humanity. They have no mercy.”
The short story is, opium growers/dealers/smugglers pay poor farming families about $20,000 to grow a poppy crop for them. The Afghanistan government is taking strong action against the farmers, and comes in and destroys the crop. Then the opium dealers show up and take the husband as ransom until the wife can come up with the money. When the money doesn’t appear, they come back for the children. Later in the video a young woman tells of how her father beat her when she resisted being taken so that his life could be spared. Are these men? They are lower than animals. I don’t have the words to express what I feel.
Watch this excellent video documentary of Afghanistan girls being turned over as opium brides and a government who knows about it, but refuses to acknowledge it. If you don’t have time to watch it all, the first five minutes or so tells the story of the desperation in this terrible part of our planet, but it is well-worth watching to the end. The heartbreak of these children is unimaginable. Thanks to Frontline and to Don Laird who sometimes writes at 1389Blog.