The commander flaunted him the way a ringmaster exhibits an exotic animal.“See my beautiful bacha (boy slave),” he said, blithe and casual, a gun dangling at his side.We take no responsibility for the phrases entered by surfers.Please contact us if you have found inappropriate content.Last year when I unearthed a kidnapping epidemic of boys, it was disturbing to see local authorities pussyfooting around the issue and using security to rationalize their inaction.On the surface, President Ashraf Ghani has vowed zero tolerance for bacha bazi in security forces.
There is therefore no desire to recover or rescue the innocent victims whose lives have been upended by this practice.
By Qayum Babak The majestic blue-tiled Hazrat e-Ali mosque complex in the centre of Mazar e-Sharif serves as a recreational space as well as a place of worship for many of the city’s residents.
But Ahmad Javed, (not his real name), lounging on a chair near the public toilets, was there for business.
As the conflict unspooled over 16 years, abusive strongmen were propped up to fight insurgents — from unruly militiamen sowing tyranny in their fiefdoms to torturers in military uniforms.
Buttressing abusive allies is a strategy best described as fighting fire with fire, which is pushing Afghanistan deeper into instability and chaos.