Paperback The underground girls of Kabul : the hidden lives of Afghan girls disguised as boys.
Publication year: 2014
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 1844087743 9781844087747 (pbk): 1844087743 :
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. Jenny Nordberg follows women such as Azita Rafaat, a parliamentarian who once lived as a boy, the mother of seven-year-old Mehran, who she is raising as a boy 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 boy disguise until she was 20, and who now has three children of her own. Exploring the historical and religious roots of this tradition, 'The Underground Girls of Kabul' is a fascinating and moving narrative that speaks to the roots of gender.
Audience: Teen readers
Extent: ix, 350 pages : map (black and white) ; 24 cm.
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