When Kamal's mother and siblings fled to Pakistan, his master (or ) agreed to take care of the youth. Kamal remembers attending parties where other boys were on proud display, their masters vying to see who had the most attractive boy."I wasn't the most beautiful of the boys, but I had one thing most of them didn't have... He never traded me around with his friends as some did."Even the man's wife eventually accepted the arrangement, lavishing attention on Kamal and treating him as a member of the family. Kamal found that he had a natural aptitude for dancing, and was soon in high demand at parties.
It would be more than a decade before he saw his family again."I was his little prince," Kamal recalled. I had talent."Prostitution did not appeal Kamal is reluctant to talk about the sexual component of his relationship to his . He says that even the most hardened civil war fighters would watch in a state of helpless rapture.
Force and coercion are common, and security officials state they are unable to end such practices because many of the men involved in bacha bazi-related activities are powerful and well-armed warlords.
A number of Western travellers through Central Asia have reported on the phenomenon of the bacchá.
The Soviets had withdrawn from the country and a bloody civil war was under way.
With no education or support, many boys become criminals, and some become is coveted property, and rescue is perceived as tantamount to theft."Most of them aren't as lucky as I was," he says.
play, "game") is a slang term in Afghanistan for a wide variety of activities involving sexual relations between older men and younger adolescent men, or boys.
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A boy carries bread on his head to sell on a hilltop overlooking Kabul April 20, 2015.