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Young girls are raised as boys for a better life in Afghanistan

In gender-segregated Afghanistan, there’s a pervasive but unspoken practice of raising young girls as boys. It’s called “bacha posh” (which translates literally to “dressed up like a boy”) and it’s become somewhat of a cultural tradition in Afghanistan — designated the number one worst place in the world for a child to be raised, according to a 2009 Unicef report. Author Jenny Nordberg gives an in-depth look at why families turn to such drastic measures in her new book, “The Underground Girls of Kabul.”

Credit: Cleo Stiller, Bianca Perez

Young girls are raised as boys for a better life in Afghanistan

In gender-segregated Afghanistan, there’s a pervasive but unspoken practice of raising young girls as boys. It’s called “bacha posh” (which translates literally to “dressed up like a boy”) and it’s become somewhat of a cultural tradition in Afghanistan — designated the number one worst place in the world for a child to be raised, according to a 2009 Unicef report. Author Jenny Nordberg gives an in-depth look at why families turn to such drastic measures in her new book, “The Underground Girls of Kabul.”

Credit: Cleo Stiller, Bianca Perez

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