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ORPHANS A GLANCE AT SOHRAB’S (OF KITE RUNNER) REAL LIFE PEERS The Qur’aan asks us to set aright the affairs of the orphans and equates repulsing the orphan to denying the Day of Judgment, yet this very day thousands of Muslim orphans receive inadequate or no care. Nearly a quarter of the 100,000 national and international orphans in the developed country of Britain alone ceased to be cared for in 2003 (What Future for Muslim Orphans? An Overview). All the while, the number of children being shipped out of Middle Eastern counties rises dramatically each year, and thousands more remain in war torn countries. With all the resources in this world why must children be alone and hungry? In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, the obstacles that Amir faces in adopting Sohrab are not unlike the real world. Many of the orphans’ home countries have disrupted governments and multiple crises that impede their abilities to keep track of orphans and maintain speedy bureaucracies. And even though it sometimes is the difference between eating or not, it is challenging for orphans to be pulled out of their home cultures and religious environments. On top of all that are mismatches in the ideals and politics from country to country, most important of which is the unique import Muslim nations put on how Shari’ah relates to adoption. Examining the situation of orphans in Afghanistan and nearby countries sheds light on a realistic element of The Kite Runner, which meritoriously reminds us of a true, but often overlooked, crisis. Just like many real orphans, Amir found Sohrab tangled up in a web of red tape. Amir resigns hope of anyone identifying his relationship with Sohrab, a vital issue when he talks with Raymand Andrews in the American embassy (Khaled Hosseini, 329). Obtaining the necessary death certificates of Sohrab’s parents is another impossibility (Hosseini,…...

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