Friday, April 23, 2010

The “Dancing Boys of Afghanistan”

Trigger warning sexual abuse.

The “Dancing Boys of Afghanistan” looks at an old practice called Bacha Bazi.  Boys as young as 11 are trained to dance and then dress in women's clothes for powerful men.  The practice was banned by the Taliban and is still illegal under Afghan law but that has not stopped the sexual abuse of young boys.  The following videos are graphic and very hard too watch but the pain of these children needs to be acknowledged.  Childhood is not universally valued in fact those with brown skin very often find themselves devalued and exploited.  Who will save the brown/black babies?






Editors Note:  Please accept my apologies for not providing a transcript.  The videos are too long for me to transcribe.