For the past 2 weeks I have been reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I am currently on Chapter 17 (pg.241)
The story has already taught many lessons of love, loyalty, and the true meaning of family. Amir, the main character continually has internal struggles up until now with the type pf friend he has been to Hassan, someone who has been undeniably loyal to Amir and the rest of his family. Already in this chapter Amir has gotten a letter from his childhood friend about the conditions back in their home city of Kabul, Afghanistan as well as how he does not feel any hatred towards Amir for his mistakes. This proves Hassan’s loyalty again and only worsens the guilt for Amir.
The story so far has had such detail whether it may be with descriptions of the horribly poverty- stricken cities and own that have been taken over. Khaled Hosseini knows the struggle and to me thats why he is able to convey this powerful story. As someone who came to this country when he was only 15 years old seeking asylum he knows the struggle of the characters in his book.
Hosseini uses Kite Runner to depict many of the hardships that go along with the oppression that occurs in places like Kabul. I would say his books along with his own experiences give him a very credible platform on issues like this.
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning all Syrian refugees, and blocking all citizens from 7 countries including Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, and Syria, from entering the country. This order has created continuous chaos all across the United States. Protests have begun again at universities, airports, and many other places, all with one overwhelming message “Immigrants are welcome here.”
What if this happened in the 1970s when Amir and Baba tried to come to America for a better life? What would they do other than suffer under the oppression in their now destroyed home town?
America became great with immigrants so many Americans like myself wonder why such an action would be taken based off what seems to be religious reasons.
Hosseini used his platform on Twitter to voice his own opinion of the matter:
There is one specific moment in the beginning of the book that shows the strong religous resentment during Amir’s time in Kabul, even from his own teacher. This divide between the Hazaras and Pashtuns (two ethnic groups in Kabul) and Shia and Sunni Muslims was taught to everyone at a young age which only empowered the movement and normalized the discrimination.
“He skimmed through a couple of pages, snickered, handed the book back. “That’s the one thing Shi’a people do well,” he said, picking up his papers, “passing themselves as martyrs.” He wrinkled his nose when he said the word Shi’a, like it was some kind of disease.” (Chapter 2, pg 24)
I agree with Hosseini about this ban. If we allow this to become acceptable, we are doing future generations an injustice by teaching them this kind of discrimination.