Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Mask of Silenus

From the National Museum of Afghanistan, held by the Musee Guimet and photographed by Thierry Oliver.

Bacha Bazi – The “dancing boys” of Afghanistan

Private dancer: The practice of bacha bazi ('boy for play') is growing in Afghanistan. Photograph: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

The PBS documentary series Frontline has produced an investigative piece on the ancient Afghan practice of Bacha Bazi, translated as “boy play.” Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi reports in The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan. Watch the full 53 minute program on-line at PBS. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad also reported on the apparently growing phenomena in September of last year in the UK’s Guardian.