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About the Author:

Khaled Hossenini

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Khaled Hossenini was born in Kabul, Afgansitan in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and history to high school students in Kabul. In 1976, Hossenini and his family was relocated to Paris but they did not return due to the fact that Afghanistan was witnessing a bloody communist coup and an invasion of the Soviet Army. The Hossenini family was granted political asylum to the United States in September of 1980, the family moved to San Jose, California.

In 1984, Khaled Hossenini graduated high school and moved on at Santa Clara University and he earned his biology degree there. In 1983 he then attended the University of California-San Diego school of medicine and earned his medical degree in 1993. After Hossenini completed his education, he began writing his first book, The Kite Runner, which was published in 2003. The Kite Runner immediately became an international bestseller in 70 countries. In 2005, The Kite Runner had the number 3 bestselling position in the United States. After four years, in 2007, Hossenini released a Thousand Splendid Suns which also yet again was a bestseller, but in 60 countries.

Khaled Hossenini devotion to his homeland was not only through his novels but he also fought for a better Afghanistan. Hossenini served as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United States Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Hossenini received the title Goodwill envoy from the UNHCR. With his dedication and hard work, Hossenini also established The Khaled Hossenini Foundation which provides humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.

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