A Family Secret

Despite decades of Western involvement in Afghanistan, an ancient practice that lies just below the surface has largely escaped the outside world. Through months of on-the-ground and investigative reporting, we were able to trace how some families go to extraordinary lengths to create a better future for their daughters — surprisingly, by disguising them as boys. One outstanding woman chose to step forward and offer an intimate portrait of her family. This episode originally aired September 21, 2012. Dan Rather Reports airs Tuesdays at 8pm ET on AXS TV.

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