Kite Runner Timeline

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Amir

1963

Amir was born in 1963, in Kabul

Hassan

1964

Hassan is born this year

Communist party

1965

The Afghan Communist Party secretly forms. The group’s principal leaders are Babrak Karmal and Nur Mohammad Taraki

Cleft lip

1974

Baba gifts Hassan a surgen who is able to fix his cleft lip that he was born with

Winter

1975

After Amir wins and cuts down the last blue kite in the sky Hassan runs it for him when he gets trapped by Aseef and his friends where he gets raped and Amir watches

Overthrown

1975

Khan proposes a new constitution that grants women rights and works to modernize the largely communist state. He also cracks down on opponents, forcing many suspected of not supporting Khan out of the government.

Moving on

1976

This is the year that Ali decides to leave Baba and Amir with his son Hassan. Amir assumes that Hassan told Ali what hand happened to him and that Amir knew about the rape the whole time.

13th birthday

1976

Amir has a birthday party that Aseef is invited to. Aseef gifts him a book of Hitler and Hassan later has to serve Aseef and his friends

Escape

1981

Baba and Amir are fleeing the Pakistan

Refugees

1982

Some 2.8 million Afghans have fled from the war to Pakistan, and another 1.5 million have fled to Iran. Afghan guerrillas gain control of rural areas, and Soviet troops hold urban areas.