Kite Runner & the History of Afghanistan

  • Baba is born

    Baba was born, "in 1933," (24).
  • Baba builds an orphanage in Afghan

    Baba decided, "in the late 1960s, when I was five or six,,, to build an orphanage," (13).
  • Amir is born & Sofia dies

    Amir shares that, "the winter of 1964, just one year after my mother died giving birth to me," (6).
  • Hassan is born

    Amir thinks, "it was there in that little shack, that hassan was born in the winter of 1964," (6).
  • Zahir Shah's cousin overthrows him

    Amir recalls,"the night in 1973, the night Zahir Shah's cousin overthrew him," (365).
  • Hassan gets a lip surgery

    Amir recalls, "that day back in 1974, in the hospital room, just after Hassans harelip surgery" (Hosseini 219).
  • Amir wins the Kite Running Tournament

    Amir remebered, "that day in the winter of 1975, just after I had cut the last kite," (370).
  • Hassan in violated by Assef

    While Amir watched, "Assef knelt behind Hassan, put his hands on Hassan's hips and lifted his bare buttocks," (75).
  • Soviet Union invades Afghanistan

    "Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, has known little peace since 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded," reads the New York Times article (New York Times).
  • Period: to

    events in Afghanistan

    beginning of soviet invasion to present day
  • First Soviet troops invade Afghan

    In the articale its states that, "the first Soviet troops parachuted into Kabul on Dec. 27, 1979, to assist Babrak Karmal" (The New York Times).
  • Soviet Union Troops leave Afghan

    In The New York Times article it says, "the last of the soviet troops left Afghanistan in February 1989, in what was in effect a unilateral withdrawl" (The New York Times).
  • Mullah Omar was gaining power

    The New York times article reads, "By the end of 1994 Mullah Omar had nearly 12,000 followers and was rolling the warlords to the north and east" (The New York Times).
  • Pakistan began providing firearms, money, and supplies to Mullah Omar

    In The New York Times article it says, "As early as 1994, Pakistani intelligence officers began funneling arms, money and supplies to Omar's men, as well as military advisers to help guide them in battle" (The New York Times).
  • Young boy is killed by train.

    Amir found a magazine in the hospital that was, "an April 1996 article if Time; a Pakistani newspaper showing the face of a young boy who was hit and killed by a train" (347).
  • Taliban gains control of Afghanistan

    When talking about the Taliban, The New York Times said, "the group had been given safe haven in the country by the Taliban, the extremist islamic group that had seized control in 1996 after years of civil wars" (The New York Times).
  • Taliban bans Kite Running

    After the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan, they abused thier power and, "banned kite fighting" (Hosseini 213).
  • Taliban kills people by using dogs

    The man Amir was meeting with told him that, "if he wanted a real show [Amir] should have been with [him] in Mazar. August 1998" (276).
  • Taliban kills Hazaras

    Two years after the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan they, "massacred the Hazaras in Marzar-i-Sharif" (Hosseini 213).
  • Amir gets a call from Rahim Khan

    In the chapter title when Amir recieves his call from Rhaim Khan, it reads, "June 2001," (190).
  • Amir and Sohrab arrive in America

    Amir and Sohrab, "arrived home about seven months ago, on a warm day in August 2001," (357).
  • Bombing at World Trade Center/ 9/11

    The New York Times article reads, "after the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001" (New York Times).
  • United States becomes militarily involved with Afghanistan

    In the New York Times article, it states that, "The United States has been militarily involved with Afhanistan since 2001" (New York Times)
  • Hamid Karzai is elected as leader of Afghanistan

    In The Karzi Government section of New York Times its reads, "In December 2001, Hamid Karzi, a supporter and relative of Mohammad Zahir Shah, the exiled former king of Afghanistan, was named chairman of an interim government that replaced the defeated Taliban, making him leader of the country" (The New York Times).
  • Sohrab smiles for the first time in America

    Amir shares that, "four days ago, on a cool rainy day in March 2002, a small, wonderous thing happened," (363).
  • Hamid Karzai elected as president

    It states in The New York Times that, "Mr. Karzai was elected to a five-year term as president in 2004" (The New York Times).