The Underground Girls of Kabul The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys

by Jenny Nordberg

Biography / Autobiography

The Underground Girls of Kabul The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys Synopsis

An Afghan woman's life expectancy is just 44 years, and her life cycle often begins and ends in disappointment: being born a girl and finally, having a daughter of her own. For some, disguising themselves as boys is the only way to get ahead. Nordberg follows women such as Azita Rafaat, a parliamentarian who once lived as a Bacha Posh, the mother of seven-year-old Mehran, who she is raising as a Bacha Posh as well, but for different reasons than in the past. There's Zahra, a teenage student living as a boy who is about to display signs of womanhood as she enters puberty. And Skukria, a hospital nurse who remained in a Bacha Posh disguise until she was twenty, and who now has three children of her own. Exploring the historical roots of this tradition, The Underground Girls of Kabul is a fascinating and moving investigation.

The Underground Girls of Kabul The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys Press Reviews

'Nordberg's subtle, sympathetic reportage makes this one of the most convincing portraits of Afghan culture in print' -- Publishers Weekly


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ISBN: 9781844087747
Publication date: 30/09/2014
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781844087747
Publication date: 30th September 2014
Author: Jenny Nordberg
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,
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About Jenny Nordberg

Jenny Nordberg is an award-winning journalist based in New York. A correspondent and columnist for Swedish national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, she has a long record of investigative reports for, among others, the New York Times, where she also contributed to a series that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. In 2010, she was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism for a television documentary on Afghan women. She is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

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