Infographic Background Information

  1. Background information on the author (Give five facts about the author) 
  • Khaled Hosseini was born on March 4, 1965, in Kabul, Afghanistan and he is the oldest of five children. 
  • When Khaled was 15, he moved to the United States. 
  • Khaled went to independence high school and graduated in 1984. Later he earned his bachelor’s degree at Santa Clara University. He majored in biology. 


  • A specialist in internal medicine, he attended University of California San Diego School of Medicine and has been in practice since 1996. 


  1. Who is the Taliban? What was like life under their rule? 
  • The Taliban are a Sunni Islamist movement and military organization that emerged in 1994 as a prominent faction in Afghanistan. 
  • The enforced a strict version of Islamic law. 
  • Public executions, homosexuality was banned, women were banned women from public life, television, music, internet access and the cinema were banned, Men had to grow beards and women to wear the all-covering burka 


  1. What was life in Afghanistan like prior to the Soviet Invasion? 
  • The Soviet Union intervened in support of the Afghan communist government in its conflict with anti-communist Muslim guerrillas during the Afghan War (1978–92) and remained in Afghanistan until mid-February 1989. 
  • From the Middle Ages to around 1750, Afghanistan was part of Iran. 


  1. Why is it difficult for immigrants to live in a new country? 
  • The language barrier is the main challenge as it affects the ability to communicate with others.  
  • Some people are less inviting and can be quite hateful towards immigrants.  
  • Culture shock, moving to one country to another so quickly.  


  1. What does the word identity mean to all the individuals in your group? 
  • The word identity is who you are, the way you view yourself and the way you are viewed by the world, an example of identity is someone’s name – Tanya. 
  • How you view yourself and how you want other people to view you – Erricka  
  • The word identity means the quality, personality and the looks that makes a person be who they are – Karen