ALBUM: The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan

Najibullah returns to his native land to expose an ancient practice that has been brought back by powerful warlords, former military commanders and wealthy businessmen. Known as ‘bacha bazi’ (literal translation: ‘boy play’), this illegal practice exploits street orphans and poor boys, some as young as 11, whose parents are paid to give over their sons to their new ‘masters’. The men dress the boys in women’s clothes and train them to sing and dance for the entertainment of themselves and their friends, before sexually abusing them. Unbelievably, the warlords allow Najibullah to enter into their circle and document their practice.

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