English Research Essay
Topic: Research the Taliban and how this group has impacted Afghanistan. Then discuss what role the Taliban plays throughout the novel.
Who are the Taliban? Taliban comes from the Arabic word “taleb” meaning “one who is seeking”, but the meaning has slowly evolved to become “one who is seeking religious knowledge.” 1 Probably the most globally known group in the world today is the Taliban, a group consisting of Students of Islamic Knowledge Movement, which governed Afghanistan from 1996 until it was overthrown in late 2001.2 In the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the Taliban’s role and impact on Afghanistan and its citizens has been portrayed very well. The Taliban have depicted their impact on Afghanistan through news reports and also in novels. News reports show the peoples perspective and the novel unravels the insight of the intended story, allowing a sense of truth, about the cruelty, of the Taliban to be discussed through the people’s eyes and thoughts.
Up until today, news reports and live telecasts have proven the Taliban to be a villainous group. News reports describe how the people who are affected by the Taliban feel. Reporters describe the Taliban as monsters that kill for a living and show no remorse of any kind. According to reporter David Rohde, who was kidnapped and held for ransom by the Taliban, “The Taliban are oppressive when they rule,” he said, describing several executions. “The only way to defeat them, however, is to destroy their safe havens in Pakistan,” he said.”3 Their oppressive rule has a great impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the once beautiful nation, Afghanistan. This group justifies what they are doing with the shield of religion, for example the women’s inability to work or show their face in public. Furthermore, in many urban places the foreign aid by the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations are the only reason for the existence of the godforsaken people of...
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