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Students hear what it was like to grow up in Afghanistan

Eleventh graders in world literature classes at CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering high school, Windsor, heard firsthand what it’s like to grow up in war-torn Afghanistan. Student Maiwand Akberzai’s father shared stories from his childhood and young adult life that closely mirror events portrayed in the 2003 best-selling novel, The Kite Runner, which the students read.

“Given the current political landscape and recent Islamophobic trends, it is critically important to raise awareness, encourage tolerance, and open dialogues,” said faculty member Stacy O’Donnell. “Mr. Akberzai hoped to educate the students by sharing his family's sacrifices for the opportunities they have in America. We hope the event helped to bring the novel to life and also open students' eyes to America's rich tapestry of immigrant stories.”

Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. Since its publication, the novel has been translated into 42 languages for publication in 38 countries.

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