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The Underground Girls of Kabul

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In Search of Resistance in Afghanistan

 There is a well known practice in Afghanistan where daughters are presented as sons (bacha posh) and they live their life as a boy until they reach puberty.

The custom allows girls to have jobs and it also brings the family the social status that comes with having a son. 

Journalist Jenny Nordberg's new book The underground girls of Kabul : in search of resistance in Afghanistan  has researched this practice and she has also interviewed several bacha posh and their families. 

What she discovered is that when many bacha posh do hit puberty  they are unwilling to give up the freedom they had when disguised as males. 

This growing resistance to a male dominated society where women traditionally have no rights is insightful and inspiring. 

This book is their story and it is interesting from beginning to end.