We currently have 3 Afghani students applying for visas to attend the ESL school I work for, so this is a timely book for me to read because of the difficulties they're encountering. I just got a call that the father of one family was able to get his visa but the wife and 4 children were not as collateral for his return. The other Afghani family applying is scattered as refugees such that the children live in UAE and the parents live in Pakistan.
Largely, I think even well-educated and world-aware Americans still don't have a clear picture of what it's like to live in some of the more volatile places in the world today. And most of us are never going to get a chance to visit except through the pages of a book. The Kite Runner
shows the splendor of Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion and also after the Taliban came in as false saviors. It shows today's Afghanistan as a nation largely filled with rubble, hungry people, and injustices. In one part of the book, Amir visits Afghanistan and isn't able to call his wife (who is in the USA) for a month. I didn't understand that until I heard