Published On: Mon, Sep 17th, 2018

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan arrive in Adelaide -The series was first shown as a low-key #Afghanistan exhibition in 2010 before The Washington Post ran the photos in 2012.

Walkley Award-winning photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor had to flee his home country after his series The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan shined a light on a dirty exploitive practice known as Bacha Baazi.

Batoor, whose own hazardous journey to Australia was documented with the series Flight to Freedom, which won him a Walkley Award, had to escape his home country after The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan series was published by The Washington Post in 2012.

Reflecting on the photographs, Batoor knew how dangerous shooting this series would be, as he exposed a tradition of powerful men – including war lords – who kept boys to dress as women and dance at parties. This practice is known as Bacha Baazi and the boys are called Bacha Bereesh (boys without beards).

Read Source: The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan arrive in Adelaide – The Adelaide Review

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