Poverty In The Kite Runner

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Imagine waking up every morning in your salad years, worried, because you don’t know where you’re next meal is coming from, you don’t know where to walk or wander in the midst of war, poverty, and/or violence and you don’t have the resources other children around the world have when faced with education and diseases. You should be lucky you are not one of the 1.5 billion children living in extreme poverty or one of the 25,000 kids that die daily due to the environment they live in. In Khaled Hosseini 's novel, The Kite Runner, it doesn’t get into the depth of poverty that more than half of Afghan children live in but it does stress on the orphans and the Hazara children and how their rights to be children have been violated. As a child, you …show more content…
This has a major effect on the two boys both physically and mentally. In Hassan’s case, he becomes isolated from everyone and is hurt physically from the attack. In Sohrab’s case of violence, Sohrab is so traumatized from the events that it leads to him trying to commit suicide. Rape and violence was a major issue in the story; it indicated several times about children and/or orphaned children being victims of rape or violence. Only about 1,500 cases of sexual abuse are recorded in Afghanistan annually with most cases going forever unseen because children will not speak about their horrendous experiences. It is not usual for a man to speak or look at a woman whom he is not related to or proposed marriage to so some areas in the Middle East, men will dress little boys as women while they dance around for these men and they’ll throw money at the little boys and take them home for their pleasure. Islamic laws have a ban on homosexuality, but the people do not view this as homosexuality since there is no “love” involved. There are so many different cultural and non-cultural cases of rape and violence to substantiate that it doesn’t just happen to females that no child should have to endure. This kind of abuse leads to mental issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and even suicidal tendencies and thus it takes away their rights to be protected and live to their full …show more content…
In the latter parts of the book when Amir returns to Afghanistan, he is seen driving through the streets of Kabul and was given the opportunity to see the extreme poverty and health issues that both children and adults had to face. It was so horrific that the Afghani people would sell their limbs for money just so they could feed all their children for about a week or so. One half of the Afghan population lives below the poverty line and their average annual income was a mere $360 dollars! Also, an outrageous percentage of seventy percent of children do not have access to drinking water. These are two reasons why child mortality rates are so high in Afghanistan because they cannot provide the necessities that infants need. The ongoing war in Afghanistan leads to many terrorist attacks and landmine explosions that put Afghani children at risk. They are not given the proper medical care either since hospitals in Afghanistan are very limited. Improper medical care leads to the spreading of disease which is already a modern day problem for kids in the Middle East today. This here is a violation of children’s rights because it stumps their growth and their right to develop to their full

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