Kite Runner & the History of Afghanistan

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  • Daud Khan becomes president of Afghanistan

    Daud Khan becomes president of Afghanistan
    Daud Khan decided he's fit to be king and, "overthrows the last king, Mohammed Zahir Shah, in a military coup," causing the monarchy to be destroyed and creating strong ties with the USSR.(https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/asia-jan-june11-timeline-afghanistan)
  • Hassan defends Amir from Assef

    Hassan defends Amir from Assef
    Assef and his friends come up to Hassan and Amir as they're going to climb a tree and Assef starts to say some discriminatory stuff against Hazaras. Hassan can see how uncomfortable Amir gets, so Hassan decides to use his weapon, "[Amir] turned around and came face to face with Hassan's slingshot," and then back around to see the Assef backing down. (Hosseini 41)
  • Amir wins the kite race

    Amir wins the kite race
    Amir and another kid were competing against each other to be the last kite flying, both of them trying to cut off each other but still trying to stay up. It was until Amir heard, "Bravo! Bravo, Amir agha!" (66) from Hassan, he finally realized that he had cut the other kid's kite down, ending up being the last kite flying.
  • Assef rapes Hassan

    Assef rapes Hassan
    Hassan goes running after the kite that Amir cut, to finish the tradition and help Amir warm his father's approval, as he was running, he bumped into Assef and his friends at an alleyway. They quickly gained power over the situation and Assef undid his pants, "he positioned himself behind Hassan" (75) and then raped him .
  • Ali and Hassan decide to move away

    Ali and Hassan decide to move away
    Amir plants some of his birthday presents under Hassan's bed and accuses him of stealing them. Baba quickly forgives him, but Ali refuses the apology and decides they need to leave for their well-being, he "drew Hassan closer... [and] glanced my way in his cold, unforgiving look" (106).
  • Nur Mohammad Taraki become the new president of Afghanistan

    Nur Mohammad Taraki become the new president of Afghanistan
    Another president was killed, Daud Khan died in a communist coup. and then "one of the founding members of the Afghan Communist Party, takes control of the country as president," Nur Mohammed Taraki. He announces liberty from the Soviet Russian ways, but creates a peace treaty with them, to remain friends.
  • The Soviet Union invade Afghanistan

    The Soviet Union invade Afghanistan
    After many years of peace, "the USSR invades Afghanistan on Dec. 24 to bolster the faltering communist regime." This causes Amin, a person who didn't want a peace treaty with the USSR, to be killed, with many of his followers and a war to breakout.
  • Baba and Amir escape Afghanistan and move to San Francisco

    Baba and Amir escape Afghanistan and move to San Francisco
    After escaping Afghanistan and going through many checkpoints, and difficulties to get where they are now. Baba admitted to "lov[ing] the idea of America" (125), since it was so different than his own.
  • Amir meets Soraya and marries her

    Amir meets Soraya and marries her
    Soraya and Amir had met at a flea market, they both often go to, and when Amir first laid his eyes on her, he had already taken a liken to her. A little later they had gotten married and Amir feeling like he was the king, sitting on his sofa, almost "like [it was] a throne, [and] Soraya's hand in [his]' (171).
  • Baba dies of cancer

  • Sohrab was born

  • The Taliban rises to power

    The Taliban rises to power
    After many years of war, the people are exhausted and just openly allow the Taliban to rule. As they take over Afghanistan, they start to dictate the country with rules such as, "outlaw cultivation of poppies for the opium trade, crack down on crime, and curtail the education and employment of women."
  • Hassan and Farzana get shot by the Taliban

  • Amir finds out Hassan was his brother

  • Amir finds Sohrab and tries to adopt him

  • Sohrab almost bled to death in the bathtub

  • Amir and Sohrab finally make it back to America

  • Hamid Karzai becomes the leader of the government of Afghanistan

    Hamid Karzai becomes the leader of the government of Afghanistan
    The Taliban is dissolved and no longer in power, making then next candidate, "Hamid Karzai, a royalist and ethnic Pashtun, is sworn in as the leader of the interim government in Afghanistan."
  • Sohrab smiles from the first time

    Sohrab smiles from the first time
    It was Afghan New Years and everyone was out, Amir decided to buy a kite and fly it for Sohrab, to bring back some memories for him and create new ones with Sohrab. When they cut down another kite, "[Amir] looked down at Sohrab [and] one corner of his mouth has curled up just so. A smile," (370).
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