• Bacha Baazi is the name of a cultural tradition of young boys, dressed as women, dancing for men as entertainment. The dancing boys are called Bacha Bereesh (Boys without Beards). A young boy will live in the keep of a powerful man and he will dress as a woman and dance for parties of men. Many times he will also become the manÕs ÒwifeÓ. Many years of war have caused a breakdown in Afghani society and an abuse of power by those in control. The tradition of Bacha Baazi has become increasingly more common and many young boys are kidnapped and abducted into the practice. Homeless children and orphans are especially vulnerable.///Sohrab 12 years, works on the streets of Kabul after school timing to support his family financially.


“LensInExile” will showcase work by photojournalists in exile from around the world, often from the very assignments that forced them to flee.

Featuring: Committee to Protect Journalists

Presented by

Committee to Protect Journalists

In a project to highlight the work of journalists living in exile, CPJ is collaborating with a group of photojournalists who will take over CPJ’s Instagram account to share their work, often from the very assignments that forced them to flee. Our banner this year will highlight the work of these brave journalists, and shed light on some of the difficulties faced by photojournalists around the world.


Photojournalists living in exile from their home countries.


The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. For more than 35 years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.



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