Who is Wali and Kamal and what happens between them and Assef, Amir and Hassan?

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Wali and Kamal are the two boys who hang out with Assef, the chief tormenter of Hassan. Wali and Kamal are merely followers, described as "obeying friends," afraid of Assef, who is older and taller than the other boys. Wali and Kamal "cackled in unison" when Assef made fun of Amir and Hassan, and they never utter a word during their first confrontation with Amir and Hassan. When Assef puts on his brass knuckles, prompting Hassan to load his slingshot in defense, a "look of astonishment" came to the faces of Wali and Kamal. When Hassan threatened to shoot out Assef's eye,

Wali and Kamal watched this exchange with something akin to fascination. Someone had challenged their god. Humiliated him.

When Assef retreated, "his disciples followed." 

The two boys are later forced to participate in the sodomy of Hassan, although Wali believes it "is sinful." Nevertheless, they hold Hassan down while Assef rapes him. Amir meets up with Kamal again when they share the same fuel tanker on their way out of Afghanistan. In an ironic twist, Kamal has also been raped by four men and left a "withered" remnant of himself. 


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