‘No Father Wants to Sell His Son’s Kidney.’ Afghans Pushed to Desperate Measures to Survive
Afghanistan’s deepening humanitarian crisis fuels booming organ trade
HERAT, Afghanistan—When Taliban fighters surrounded Herat in August, Gul Mohammad was besieged by people who had lent him money for food and medicine, and who demanded he pay up before the city fell. He and his wife agreed they had only one option.
They didn’t tell their 15-year-old son Khalil Ahmad why he was brought from their shantytown mud house to a nearby hospital. “If we had told him, he might not have agreed,” Mr. Mohammad said.
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