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Born a girl. Forced to live like a son

CNN is committed to covering gender inequality wherever it occurs in the world. This story is part of As Equals, an ongoing seriesSanjoor, Afghanistan — At first glance, 13-year-old Mangal Karimy could be any boy living in a small village in western Afghanistan, hauling firewood and feeding cattle on his father's farm.Silently he hurries between chores -- a slight figure in luminous white trainers, lugging jerry cans of water across barren fields.Until the age of two, Mangal was Madina, one of seven daughters chosen by her parents to live as a boy under an Afghan tradition called "bacha posh," a Dari term that translates to "dressed as a boy."For as long as Mangal can remember, he tucks his long hair under a woolen cap, pulls on his jacke ...