ISBN 9781844087754,The Underground Girls Of Kabul: The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys

The Underground Girls Of Kabul: The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys

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ISBN 9781844087754
Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13

ISBN 9781844087754

ISBN-10 1844087751
Binding

Paper Back

Number of Pages 320 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Humanities


An Afghan woman's life expectancy is just 44 years, and her life cycle often begins and ends in disappointment - being born a girl and finally, having a daughter of her own. For some, disguising themselves as boys is the only way to get ahead. Nordberg follows women such as Azita Rafaat, a parliamentarian who once lived as a Bacha Posh, the mother of seven-year-old Mehran, who she is raising as a Bacha Posh as well, but for different reasons than in the past. There's Zahra, a teenage student living as a boy who is about to display signs of womanhood as she enters puberty. And Skukria, a hospital nurse who remained in a Bacha Posh disguise until she was twenty and who now has three children of her own. Exploring the historical roots of this tradition, The Underground Girls of Kabul is a fascinating and moving investigation
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