Kite Runner & the History of Afghanistan

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  • 2,001 BCE

    Amir Visits Rahim Khan in Pakistan

    Amir Visits Rahim Khan in Pakistan
    Rahim Khan is very sick and will probably die soon. Knowing this, he "asked [Amir] to come ... [He] wanted to see [him] before [he dies]" (202).
  • 2,001 BCE

    Amir Goes to Get Sohrab

    Rahim Khan explained to Amir how Hassan's child, Sohrab, is now an orphan living in Kabul. He wishes for Amir to go back and bring Sohrab to Pakistan for a better life. After much contemplating, Amir realized "a little part of [Hassa] lived on. It was in Kabul" (227). And so Amir left to repay for his wrongdoings to Hassan.
  • 2,001 BCE

    Amir Saves Sohrab from Assef

    Amir goes to rescue Sohrab, and ends up in a one on one fight against Assef for him. Eventually, Sohrab, using his slingshot, freed him and Amir from Assef and the Taliban. They made it "into daylight, [Amir's] arm around Sohrab's shoulder" (291).
  • 2,001 BCE

    Sohrab returns to the US with Amir

    Sohrab returns to the US with Amir
    Sohrab, after trying to kill himself, returned with Amir to live in America. In August of 2001, they "arrived home... on a warm day" (357).
  • 2,001 BCE

    9/11

    9/11
    In September 2001, terrorists of al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial planes and crashed them into major US buildings. In history and The Kite Runner, "the Twin Towers came crumbling down and, overnight, the world changed" (362).
  • 2,000 BCE

    Osama bin Laden Believed to be Hiding in Afghanistan

    Osama bin Laden Believed to be Hiding in Afghanistan
    Considered an international terrorist, bin Laden is believed to be in Afghanistan. The United States demand bin Laden to be handed over to stand trial after embassy bombings.
  • 2,000 BCE

    Hassan is Killed

    Hassan is Killed
    Shortly after Rahim Khan left Kabul for Pakistan, he received notice that Hassan had been killed by the Taliban. Rahim explained it in detail to Amir that "they took him to the street ... order him to kneel ... and shot him in the back of the head" (219).
  • 1,990 BCE

    Hassan's Child is Born

    During Amir's visit to Rahim Khan, Rahim explained how he has been in touch with Hassan over these many year. He told Amir that "In early 1990, [Hassan's wife] became pregnant" (209) with their son Sohrab.
  • 1,986 BCE

    Amir and Soraya Get Married

    Amir and Soraya Get Married
    Amir and Baba are living in America now, but Baba has recently been sick. Understanding he may not have much time left Baba tells Amir to "ask General Taheri for his daughter's hand" (161).
  • 1,986 BCE

    Baba Dies In His Sleep

    Baba Dies In His Sleep
    After the wedding, Baba realizes he has done his job. Not taking his pills that night, "Baba never woke up" (173).
  • 1,986 BCE

    Mujahideen Receive Weapons from Pakistan

    Mujahideen Receive Weapons from Pakistan
    The Mujahideen are receiving arms from the United States, Britain and China via Pakistan.
  • 1,982 BCE

    Millions of Afghans Flee the War

    Millions of Afghans Flee the War
    About 2.8 million Afghans have fled the war to Pakistan. ANother 1.5 million people leave to Iran.
  • 1,981 BCE

    Amir and Baba leave Afghanistan

    Amir and Baba are fleeing Afghanistan for Pakistan due to the violence. Desperate for help, they relied on someone who "owned a fuel truck and had smuggled people with it a couple of times" (121).
  • 1,975 BCE

    Amir Wins Kite Running Tournament

    Amir Wins Kite Running Tournament
    During the winter, Amir competed against many people from all over in a kite running tournament. After many years of hard work he was finally "throwing [his] free arm around Hassan and [they] were jumping up and down ... 'You won, Amir agha! You won!'" (66).
  • 1,975 BCE

    Hassan is Raped

    Hassan is Raped
    After the tournament, Assef and his friends held Hassan in an alley and raped him. Amir, too afraid to help watched "from just around the corner, [hearing] Assef's quick, rhythmic grunts" (77).
  • 1,975 BCE

    Khan Proposes New Constitution

    Khan Proposes New Constitution
    The constitution grants women more rights and helps modernize the mostly communist state. He also forced many opposers out of the government.
  • 1,965 BCE

    Afghan Communist Party Forms

    Afghan Communist Party Forms
    The party forms secretly with leaders Babrak Karmal and Nur Mohammad Taraki.
  • 1,964 BCE

    Hassan is Born

    Hassan is Born
    During the winter, in the shack by Amir's house "Hassan was born ... just one year after [Amir's] mother died giving birth to [him]" (4).
  • Period:
    1,921 BCE
    to
    2,014 BCE

    Kite Runner & the History of Afghanistan Timespan