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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.

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