AFGHAN MUPPET GETS NEW BROTHER
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN» Last year, Afghanistan’s version of “Sesame Street” introduced a little girl character aimed at inspiring girls in the deeply conservative Muslim nation. Now a new muppet is joining the cast: her brother, who will show boys the importance of respecting women.
Zeerak, whose name means “Smart” in Afghanistan’s two official languages, is a 4-year-old boy who enjoys studying and learning. He joins 6-year-old sister Zari, whose name means “Shimmering,” on Afghanistan’s version of the show “Baghch-e-simsim,” or “Sesame Garden.”
The muppets wear traditional Afghan clothing — the baggy trousers and long shirt known as a shalwar kameez for him and colorful native dresses and a cream-colored hijab, or head scarf, for her.
Zari’s and Zeerak’s costumes incorporate designs from all of Afghanistan’s major ethnic groups.
4-year-old muppet called Zeerak joins an Afghan TV show.