“Young men call to talk about issues ranging from masturbation to premature ejaculation,” Shahed told AFP.
“And young women call to discuss contraception, broken hymens and the fear of facing their wedding night.” Afghanistan’s growing youth population — the 9/11 generation, as it is known — is often torn between modernity and tradition, between their sexual cravings and their desire to be religious puritans.
A bag of oranges provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The voice on the other end of the line was soothing, professional and reassuring: “Dear brother, don’t be embarrassed. We’ll help you find a solution without potency pills.” In Afghanistan’s conservative, highly gender-segregated society discussing sexual problems publicly is not just culturally frowned upon but can easily be misconstrued as a sign of perversion.Mahmoud looks out over the chaotic mess of rooftops and aerials and towards the neglected park he now calls home.He's wearing a red hoodie, blue jeans and a black cap.They can also be used as dancers at private parties.Bacha bazi is not widely seen as homosexual behaviour -- popularly demonised as a deviant sexual act, prohibited in Islam -- and is largely accepted as a cultural practice. "Women are for child-rearing, boys are for pleasure" is a common saying across many parts of Afghanistan.