Mehran Rafaat (L), age 7, stands next to her 11 year old twin sisters, Benafsha (2R) and Behishta (R), outside their family home in Qala-e-Naw, Badghis Province, Afghanistan, on September 16, 2010. Mehran is the daughter of parliament member Azita Rafaat, and at the age of 5 Azita and her husband Euzattolla changed Mehran’s identity to male. Her former female name was Manush. Manush was the youngest of four daughters, and out societal pressure to have a boy in the family they changed Manush into Mehran. When Mehran reaches puberty she will likely resume the identity of a female so she can marry. Azita Rafaat also had a male identity when she was a child. Photo by Adam Ferguson for The New York Times

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