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Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1976, his family moved to Paris. They wanted to go back home in 1980 but because of the situation in Afganistan they couldn´t. They were able to get political asylum in the United States. In September of 1980, Hosseini's family moved to California. He went to university and graduated with a degree in Biology. He then he earned a Medical Degree in 1993 and wotked in Los Angeles. While he was working in the hospital, he began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, in March of 2001. In 2003, The Kite Runner, was published and it became very famous. He wrote another book called A Thousand Splendid Suns which was published in May of 2007. Khaled works very hard to help Afganistan and its people. He created The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. He now lives in California.

Location: Southwestern Asia. It’s surrounded by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, China and the territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Important facts: • Population: Around 32 millions • Official name in English: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. • Climate: Cold winters and hot summers. • Four major ethnic groups: Pashtoons, Tajiks, Hazaraz, and Uzbeks • Religion: 99% Muslim. • Capital: Kabul. • Official languages: Pashto and Dari. History: Afghanistan means “Land of the Afghan”. Its history and culture goes back over 5,000 years. Afghanistan has also been called the Aryana and Khorasan. It was a monarchy from 1747 to 1973. In 1992, there was a civil war until 1996. From 1996 to 2001 the Taliban was fighting in Afghanistan. In 2001 the USA invaded the country. Problems: Because there has been many years of war the country has many problems. Some people don’t have enough food to survive. Others don’t have a chance to get an education. War has caused many people to become disabled and many have health problems.

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