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Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

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I saw the movie "The Kite Runner" twice while in high school and while I thought it was an incredible story, I never got around to reading the novel by Khaled Hosseini.  There's just something abou...
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Afghanistan-Human Rights


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Adam Mansour's curator insight, December 18, 2012 11:44 AM

This article discusses the punishment of men and women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. The main point of interest is the section that focuses on the treatment of women. Women are not allowed to practice medicine, and a man is not allowed to treat a female. This means that women are pretty much denied any form of healthcare. The laws are severe and harsh which can lead to being stoned to death. Men also meet with some adversity, men must grow a beard. Disobeying these laws can lead to execution.There is a high amount of cultural tension. there is an ethnic
 divide between Pashtun's (the majority) and Hazara's (minority). there isalso high poverty and starvation. The life expectancy in this region is only 46. It stands as a shocking thing to hear since in America our expectancy is 78. Thats an average of almost 30 years more of life. It stand out to me as a shock and a truly fascinating aspect of this region. 

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Traditional Wedding in Afghanistan | Alliance for International Women's Rights

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I had no idea how much planing went into Afghan weddings, there are so many little traditions that i have never heard of. Such as the mother of the groom trying to open that bride's clenched hands, I find it rather interesting that if the bride can withstand her soon to be mother-in-law, she recieves a gift. Honestly, the whole "bridal shower"-like, Khina night, sounds rather interesting becuase it is so different from western culture's bridal showers.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years, from the Soviet inva...

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After the suicide of her mother, illegitimate child, Mariam moves in with her wealthy father who marries her off to a much older suitor named Rasheed. Originally, Rasheed and Mariam are close, there is some growing love. When Mariam discovers she is with child Rasheed begins to glow with hope for a son, however when she loses the baby the tension in their relationship becomes palpable, Rasheed becomes mentally and physically abusive and controlling. In the same city Laila is born to a loving family, her brothers go off to fight in the war against the Soviets and will eventually be found dead. Struck with grief for her two sons Laila's mother locks herself away from the world, Laila's father is a kind sweet man but he is so involved with his studies and books, so Laila spends most of her time with her best friend Tariq. As they become older, Laila's mother warns Laila that people are starting to create rumors about her and Tariq spending so much time together, and very slowly these two begin to fall in love. At the same time the war in Afghanistan is making it very unsafe to continue to live in Kabul, Tariq and his family are leaving but just before they do Laila and Tariq confess their love and decide to have sex out of wedlock. A few weeks later, Laila's mother finally agrees to leave Afghanistan but it is too late, a bomb hits their house and kills Laila's parents. Mariam and Rasheed take in the injured and secretly pregnant Laila and restore her to health. Rasheed decides to marry Laila, and after hearing news of Tariq's death and to cover up the pregnancy, she agrees. Laila gives birth to a girl, Aziza, Rasheed has no time for this girl and eventually Rasheed and Laila have a son. However times are so hard in Kabul that Rasheed loses his shop and forces Laila to put Aziza in a orphanage, and now the Taliban are in control. One day, Laila sees a familiar face, Tariq, he is alive, she invites him into Rasheed's home while Rasheed is at work and they catch up. When Rasheed comes home that evening, he learns of Laila's adventures that day and loses it on Laila with the intention of killing her. Regaining her strength, Mariam takes matters into her own hands and kills Rasheed. Mariam knows that someone must pay for this crime, she sends Laila to go find Tariq, take Aziza and her son and flee the country, she will stay behind and pay the price. The Taliban sentence Mariam to death and have her executed even though her actions saved Laila's life. After many years in Pakistan Laila wishes to return to Kabul, to her home, Tariq agrees but Laila must first make a stop in Mariam's home town. Mariam meets with the son of man who was Mariam's only childhood friend and receives a letter from Mariam's father apologizing for all the wrong he did to her in her life, he is now since dead and he left her some inheritance money. When they arrive back in Kabul, Laila and Tariq help develop the orphanage that Aziza stayed in, as one happy family at last.

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U.N. Details Widespread Abuse Of Afghan Women And Girls

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan women are frequent victims of abuse, despite some success by authorities in prosecuting rape cases, forced marriages and domestic violence under a 3-year-old law, according to a report issued Tuesday by the United Nations.

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Payton Belloma's comment, October 1, 2013 9:41 AM
This article makes me happy to be where I am. I'm glad I don't have to see women be treated like that. I think other women here should also be happy to be where they are
Afra Sengul's comment, October 1, 2013 7:00 PM
This article literally made me upset, and I feel bad that not everyone, including women, can't be free and not have to worry about anything in their daily lives. I am blessed to know I'm safe where I am, but hope that in every country, things will change and that no one has to be treated badly.
Alaina Rahn's comment, October 4, 2013 11:39 AM
This article is very sad but It is what a lot of womens lives are like in other countries. I dont think it is fair that some women have to like like this. I think this should be stopped. Other countries need to help stop this from continuing.
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a review of A Thousand Splendid Suns

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★★★★★ You should really read this book, albeit it is a work of fiction I am sure the situation in Afghanistan is still bad if not worse than how it is shown in the book. I must re-read this book from time to time..

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Book Summary

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is set in Afghanistan from the early 1960s to the early 2000s. Mariam, a young girl in the 1960s, grows up outside Herat, a small city
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Global campaign targets violence against women and girls caused by

Global campaign targets violence against women and girls caused by | A Thousand Splendid Suns | Scoop.it
Amnesty International supporters worldwide today begin a 16-day global campaign challenging violence against women and girls exacerbated by increasingly militarized societies or "militarism".
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Love within the family at core of Khaled Hosseini's work - Business Recorder

Love within the family at core of Khaled Hosseini's work
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Following this third novel have you got as close to your home country of Afghanistan as in Kite Runner? A: Even more so I think because I became involved with my foundation.
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The Wilson Quarterly: Afghanistan in Three Voices by Norwan, Mariam, and Nasima

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Three Afghan women write about violence and shelter, the Taliban, and getting to vote.

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Jessica's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:05 AM

In this article three women write about their experience in Afghanistan. The first woman writes about how her father wanted her to go to school and told her that when the Taliban were gone, she was going to go to school and be "an educated woman-- a golden achievement." When democracy came into Afghanistan she welcomed it with open arms and rejoiced because now she could vote, have a job, and most importantly go to school. The second woman was a teacher in Afghanistan before the Taliban took over and she talks about how she fled to Pakistan for the safety of her and her family. While in Pakistan she saved up the money to open a school. The third woman was a refugee in Iran when her and her family decided to return to Afghanistan. They had to destroy all of their belongings such as their CD's, books, and mementos because the Taliban does not allow people to own those things.

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Afghanistan Before and After the Wars

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Before and After, describes the interview with Khaled Hosseini himself. 

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Jessica's curator insight, May 13, 2013 11:03 AM

Afghanistan has basically been a warzone for over 40 years. Kabul, what once was a beautiful, prosperous city, is now a pile of rubble. The whole country is now pile of rocks and exploded bombs. Eventually, they will rebuiled and possibly even grow into a beautiful country again with many different booming businesses but for right now they are trekking through great hardships and pain. 

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women in Afghanistan struggle for their rights

Afghan Women: A History of Struggle - Part 1 of 22 Website: http://www.afghanwomensfund.org

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Dillon Romain's curator insight, December 13, 2012 12:23 PM

 

 This video basically shows the trouble that comes along with being a woman
     in Afghanistan under the taliban and all of the laws that they put into
     place. It also shows all of the problems that women deal with because of
     all of the unfair marriage laws. The video shows all of these women with
     severe injuries and all the violence that they face for things such as not
     wanting to sleep with their husbands.

 

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Opinion: Women in Libya are in a state of denial regarding women’s rights in Libya | Libya Herald


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Dillon Romain's curator insight, December 14, 2012 12:18 PM

This article does a good job showing that even though all of the odds are pretty much against women,they are not stopping and continue to come together and bring an end to the cruelty that they face on a daily basis.

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Delhi rape: It's time men started fighting for women's rights | Firstpost

Delhi rape: It's time men started fighting for women's rights | Firstpost | A Thousand Splendid Suns | Scoop.it
Next time, when you cheer an unruly group of lumpen men led by the macho hero collectively leching an item-girl on screen, don't forget that you are encouraging a culture of sexual objectification and domination over women.

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Dillon Romain's curator insight, December 18, 2012 12:20 PM

I wish something like this would have happened in my book. The women deserve to be stood up for and should be treated with the respect that they need.

 

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Stop Violence Against Women | CARE

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CARE is a violence against women organization fighting to stop gender violence around the world. Help end the violence by making a donation today!
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Khaled Hosseini discusses A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, discusses his new bestselling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns
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How the ideas have come about, and been portrayed in the book. 

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