In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, what do the neighborhood children call Ali? What does it mean, and why do they call him this?

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The local children continually ridicule and jeer at Hassan's deformed father Ali by calling him "Babalu." The term "Babalu" is the same as calling someone the "Boogeyman." The maniacal Assef is the originator of Ali's rude nickname and he continually harasses Ali by calling him a "slant-eyed donkey" and asking him to smile in public. Ali is a sympathetic figure with congenital paralysis of the lower facial muscles, which leaves him with a permanent grimace. The local Pashtun children feel comfortable making fun of Ali and calling him Babalu because he is a Hazara. The Hazaras are a disenfranchised...

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