Dan Rather Reports

Season 5 Episode 29

A Family Secret

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 21, 2010 on HDNet
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A Family Secret
(9/21/2010) 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. Azita Rafaat survived 30 years of war, a forced marriage, abuse and suicide attacks. She went on to become one of Afghanistan’s most powerful women, winning a seat in parliament. But not even a woman like Rafaat can escape Afghanistan’s repressive rules. Also, BP’s wellhead is closed and the ecological disaster of oil on beaches and wetlands largely didn’t happen. The government says much of the oil has been consumed by the gulf, but despite all the rosy talk, scientists are not ready to proclaim mission accomplished.moreless

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