Kite Runner & The History of Afghanistan

  • Amir is born

    Amir recalls that "Hassan was born in the winter of 1964,
    just one year after my mother died giving birth to me." (3) This shows that Baba could indeed be the father of both.
  • Hassan is born.

    Amir recalls that "Hassan was born in the winter of 1964,
    just one year after my mother died giving birth to me." (3) This shows that Baba could indeed be the father of both.
  • Hassan's Cleft Lip is fixed

    Amir remembers "Just after Hassan’s
    harelip surgery" (118) This was most likely Baba's work and we start to see that Hassan is Baba's son.
  • Period: to

    The Kite Runner

  • Hassan is raped, and Amir stands by and watches.

    Assef wants the 2nd place kite that Hassan is trying to get for Amir and bullies him to get it. When Hassan stands his ground Assef rapes him. Amir had a choice "I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan [...] [o]r I could run," (Hosseini 77).
  • Amir turns 13.

    Amir "turned thirteen that summer of 1976," (Hosseini 93) and the tension between Amir, Hassan, and Assef rises. Rahim Khan also grows close to him by giving him a gift, a notebook, which is the only gift Amir accually values.
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    The Historty of Afghanistan

  • Soviet Troops Parachute in...

    Soviet Troops Parachute in...
    "The first Soviet troops parachuted into Kabul on Dec. 27, 1979, to assist Babrak Karmal," (Afganistan- An Overview 2) and this ened the peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.
  • Baba and Amir Flee to America

    In March 1981 Baba and Amir flee to America. Amir is not happy about the change and thinks to himself "What was I doing on this road in the middle of the night? I should have been in
    bed, under my blanket, a book with dog-eared pages at my side," (Hosseini 113).
  • Amir and Soraya get married.

    When Amir is asked “You are married? To whom?''Her name is Soraya Taheri.” This shows that in all the chaos, he still has time for himself.
  • Baba dies.

    Amir says that Baba "had withered--there was simply no other word for it," (65).
  • Soviet Air Force Useless

    "[T]he Soviet Air Force was also rendered largely useless," (Afghanistan- An Overveiw 2) because of the advanced weapons given to the rebels by the US.
  • Amir finishes his first book.

    "IN THE SUMMER of 1988, about six months before the Soviets withdrew from
    Afghanistan, I finished my first novel," (100) thus becoming the writer he always wanted to become. This is signifigant because even though all this happene to Amir, he still lives on his childhood dream of becoming a writer.
  • Soviet Troops leave Afghanistan

    "Eventually after peace talks moderated by the United Nations, the last Soviet troops left," (Afghanistan- An Overveiw 2) and Afghanistan was left destroyed by war.
  • Sohrab is born.

    Amir knows that "In early 1990, Farzana became pregnant again." (114). This is importtant because Sohrab is important to the story. It is also important that Sohrab's mother is a Hazarra because that is part of why she was killed.
  • Afghanistan Power Divided

    "After Soviet forces departed, [...] power was anarchically divieded among competing warlords and indiviual fiefdoms," (Afghanistan- An Overveiw 2) and none of this did any good to help Afghanistan become prosperous country it once was.
  • Mulah Omar gains popularity

    "By the end of 1994 Mullah Omar had nearly 12,000 followers and [...] he created a geniunelly popular movement," (Afghanistan- An Overveiw 2), and made himself a favorite after a long period of war.
  • Pakistani Intelligence helps Mullah Omar

    "Pakistani intelligene officers began funneling arms, money, and supplies to Mullah Omar's me," (Afghanistan- An Overveiw 3) and this helps the already popular Mullah Omar take control.
  • Taliban takes control of Afghaistan

    Helped by the Pakistani supplies, the Taliban "impos[es] strict enforement of fundamentalist Islaic law, ban[s] movies and music and forc[ed] women out of schools," (Afghanistan- An Overveiw 3).
  • The Taliban Welcomes

    "The Taliban also provieded a havan for Mr. bin Laden, [...] and for Al Qaeda," (Afghanistan- An Overveiw 3) and was unfazed by the widespread disapproval of the Taliban's harsh measures.
  • Hassan and Fazana are killed.

    When Amir hears the news he " barely had time to deal with the fact that Hassan was dead." (119) This sends Amir on his mission to find and save Sohrab. Which will lead him to reconnect with Assef.
  • Rahim Khan Calls

    Amir says “I have to go to Pakistan [..] Rahim Khan is very sick.” (104)
  • Amir and Sohrab arrive in San Francisco

    Even after leaving where they were staying Sohrab still is depressed. Amir "left the room and went looking for another hotel, unaware that almost a year would pass before I would hear Sohrab speak another word."
  • Attack on the World Trade Center

    After the attack "President George W. Bush gave the Taliban on the ultimatum to hand over bin Laden," (Afghanistan- An Overveiw 3). Once the Taliban refused the US joined forces with those who opposed Al Qoeda and Taliban leadership.
  • Hamid Karzia takes power.

    "Hamid Karzai, [...] was named chairman of an interim government that replaced the deafeated Taliban, making him the leader of the country, (Afghanistan- An Overveiw 3).
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    The Karzai Government

    Ruled by Hamid Karzai
  • Hamid Karzai becomes president

    When Karzai became interim president, he "hoped to secure peace for Afghnaistan and win the county much-needed international aid," (Afghanistan- An Overveiw 3).
  • First Time Sohrab Smiles

    Amir remembers "Sohrab smiled shyly. 'Thank you very much,'”(180). This is an important moment because Sohrab will be depressed for a while. It is also him getting to know Amir, the man who will save his life, and adopt him.
  • Hamid Karzai elected.

    In 2004 "Mr. Karzai was elected to a five-year term as president,"(Afghanistan- An Overveiw 3). He was a White House favorite but he became, suddenly, less popular when an Afghan group blamed him for a lack of progress and a corrupt government.