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Modern Culture

Bacha Posh: You will be a boy, my daughter

52m 25s

In Afghanistan, an old tradition allows families without a son to transform one of their daughters into a boy. These little girls, known as bacha posh, spend their adolescence dressed as boys, assuming all the responsibilities of a son and being accorded all the privileges of being male. But the girls can only be basha posh for a few years: after puberty, they must revert to wearing the burqa and marry. How do these girls live a lie for so many years?