What is the condition of Afganistan in the book The Kite Runner?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At the beginning of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Afghanistan is in a period of peace ruled by the monarchy. There is a clear division of social power and one of the main characters (Hassan) is the boy-servant of the other main character (Amir) who is the lonely son of a powerful but kind businessman. Amir mother's has died by the time the story opens. In the midst of the story Afghanistan is overcome by the horrors of revolutionsry war and the Russian invasion. Amir flees with his father to California leaving his boyhood friend Hassan behind.

mkcapen1 | Student

The last editor was correct, but to add to her answer I would like to add that once the Taliban took over the people thought the country would settle.  They had expected the conditions to improve.  Instead, hospitals, orphanages, and other public sites were destroyed.  Public stoning and executions were put into place.  The Taliban began to enforce strict religious codes requiring that all people follow them.  For the Hazara it meant genocide.  The Hazara people were pulled into the streets and slaughtered.  If the militants chose to they would take the Hazara children to use as they wanted.  Even devoutly spiritual people were at risk of punishment for offences chosen by the new government.  The government also became very anti-American.  Recreational activities were halted such as kite flying.

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