“We are not happy with this line of work, we say
it would be better if god killed us rather than living like this”
It breaks the heart to see any form of slavery and oppression receive societal approval. This ranks as one of the worst instances of child abuse ever. The Taliban would ensure that none of this would ever come to the light of day, because they themselves are one of the chief protectors of such abuses. KGS
NOTE: Video embed doesn’t work with blogspot, so here’s the link to the CNN site
Ignored by society, Afghan dancing boys suffer centuries-old tradition
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A young boy dressed in women’s clothing, his face caked in make-up, dances the night away for a crowd of men.
The bells on his feet chime away, mimicking the entertainment and sexual appeal of female dancers. But there is no mistaking his pubescent body and face as he concentrates, focusing on every step in order to please his master and his master’s guests.
This all played out in a video that CNN obtained from a person involved in the parties.
The boy is but one youth among many throughout the country forced into an age-old underground tradition known as “bacha bazi,” or “boy play,” in which young boys are taken from their families, made to dance and used as sex slaves by powerful men. The number of boys involved is unknown — the practice has been going on for centuries, in a country where such practices are overshadowed by conflict and war.
“It’s pretty much unappreciated by [the] society, unaccepted and illegal,” said Mohammad Musa Mahmodi of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, one of the few organizations in the country working to end “bacha bazi.”
Islamic scholars have denounced “bacha bazi” as immoral but the practice continues in Afghanistan, where the government is in the throes of an increasingly bloody battle with insurgent Taliban militants and is also working to recover from decades of conflict.
The abuse stays on the backburner of issues in Afghanistan. People are aware of it, but they don’t really talk about it. Almost everyone in the country is coping with some level of injustice, and they are just trying to survive.
It is widely known among the population that, most of the time it is commanders, high-ranking officials and their friends who partake in the abuse of the boys.
“It continues because of the culture of impunity and lack of legal provision against this practice,” Mahmodi explained.
Farhad,19, and Jamel, 20, are two grown dancers who were forced into “bacha bazi” about five years ago.
Farhad was 13 when his older neighbor tricked him into coming to his home. He was made to watch a sex tape and then raped. After the brutal assault, he was taken to another location where he was locked up and used as a sex slave for five months.
“I got used to him,” Farhad said, trying to explain why he stayed with his neighbor after the traumatizing experience.