It also has historical parallels throughout societies that were repressive to groups for reasons of religion and race. Secret Service boosts security outside White House. Those questions have been on my mind for the past five years, and have become this book. But these boys are not just dancers, but often sexually abused, by their masters and sometimes by their friends, kept as little more than sex slaves. A young man gives a performance based on the bacha bazi dances. Others have described having to listen to the sounds of young boys being raped at night - but were told to do nothing to stop it. Of men and women.
When he was a bacha bereesh, Shakur would not have earned anything from his evenings dancing - but would have been 'kept' by his master, who would provide food and clothing for the boy, or boys, in his ownership.
The Afghan girls raised as boys
I had to remain inside a deeply conservative society and explore questions about religion, gender and sexuality — all forbidden topics in Afghanistan. It quickly became so acceptable that even the police would be sat among the dozen or so men cheering the boys on. As a boy, Mehran has many more freedoms than her sisters. Politicians and citizens expressed deep suspicion: Zahra was made a boy when she was 2 years old. It is said one of the country's favourite sayings is women are for children, boys are for pleasure. Those questions have been on my mind for the past five years, and have become this book.