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The director, Zaman, tells Amir that most of the children are not really orphans. They have been brought there, because their mothers canít feed them and their fathers are dead. The Taliban refuses to allow women to work so they cannot support their children alone. Then he tells Amir that he may be too late to help Sohrab.
He takes them to his office where he can be assured of more privacy and asks Amir how badly he wants to find his nephew. Amir says he will not leave Afghanistan without finding Sohrab. So Zaman explains that Sohrab had been taken by a Taliban official who comes once every month or two, usually for a little girl, but sometimes a little boy to use them for his sexual pleasures. He brings a great deal of cash,which helps the orphanage stay afloat. Farid becomes incensed that Zaman is selling children and nearly kills the man until Amir screams that the orphans are watching. Zaman finally reveals that the Taliban official had taken Sohrab a month ago and he admits that he gives up any child when asked, because he knows the Talib will take ten of them, if he refuses, and kill him in the bargain. This way he keeps some of them alive. He also explains that some of the children come back, but not all. He advises Amir and Farid that they can find the Taliban official at Ghazi Stadium the next day and that they will recognize him by his sunglasses.
This chapter is a revealing exposé of the real Afghanistan that Amir sees when he returns: orphaned children roam the streets and are used by the Taliban for their sick pleasures; and the double standard they have created for women - not allowing them to work and killing their husbands - means that many children beg on their own, go to one of the rare orphanages, or die in the streets. The world is turned upside down in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Unfortunately, Amir must go into this dragonís lair to save Sohrab.
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