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In Times of Gloom, Afghan Circus Sisters Spread Joyful Hope

Kabul, Nov 2 (EFE).- Far from being intimidated by the Taliban-imposed restrictions, two teenage Afghan sisters are spreading joy and fun in the most unlikely manner in today’s Islamist-ruled Afghanistan: by the art of circus.

Bahara and Najma not only put on spectacular circus acts but also inspire and train others to pursue the art form.

Since the Taliban took over in August last year, the Islamist regime has curbed women’s right to political participation and banned girls from attending school past the sixth grade.

Women are barred from working most jobs outside the home and cannot travel long distances without a male chaperone.

And Bahara, 15, and Najma, 17, wait for the Taliban to allow them to resume their school.

Until then, the sisters from their mud house in the west of Kabul teach others the circus skills they learned in school. … Link to full length article at La Prensa Latina.