The kite runner – Characters

Amir is the main protagonist in the book. He seems like he is a genuine jealous kid. This shows in the way he stopped reading Hassan puzzles when he found out he was better at solving them than Amir. Amir also adores his wealthy father, Baba. You can easily see that Amir becomes jealous when Baba treats Hassan, which is their servant’s son, the same way as he treats Amir, or gives him a compliment. Baba is a wealthy business man and the father of Amir. Baba seems like a modern man who isn’t too religious, because he says the only sin is to steal. He also believes it is ok to drink, eat pork and what not. Baba also seems a bit unsympathetic, the way he poorly accepts Amir`s poetry and writing “addictions”.

Hassan seems like a genuine good and selfless child. This is shown in the way he stood up for Amir when they were harassed by Assef the first time. At one time he also took the blame for something he did not do, to not make Amir and Baba`s relationship even more strained. Hassan is the son of Ali, Baba`s servant and “half-brother”. Ali is Baba`s servant and “half-brother” since baba`s father took him in as a kid, when Ali`s parents died. Ali grew up alongside Baba just as Hassan grew up alongside Amir.

Rahim khan is a Baba`s friend and business partner. He seems like he understands Amir, a lot more than Baba does. I got the impression of him being nice since he read and gave nice feedback on Amir`s short stories and poetries.

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Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi dissident journalist who was reporting for the Washington Post. He was also a former general manager, and editor in chief, for the Al-Arab News channel. Jamal Khashoggi was believed assassinated in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on the October 2. 2018. He was last seen entering the consulate and was never seen again. Even though the Saudi government said he left out the back door, which was guarded by security cameras that “don’t store footage” – Saudi consulate Istanbul. It may never be clear what really happened to Mr. Khashoggi, but I do not think his visit to the Saudi consulate and his disappearing was a coincidence. Maybe “He`s just hanging out in Malaysia with Tupac” – Trevor Noah (Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Host).

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Brick Lane – Challenges

The movie Brick Lane was about Nazneen Ahmed and Chanu Ahmed who moved to Britain from Bangladesh, where they got two kids, Rukshana and Bibi. They moved in to an apartment in Brick Lane, London, where they are met with huge cultural differences and struggle to acquire a livelihood after Chanu got laid off from his job.

As an immigrant living in a multicultural society, you are often faced with different challenges. After 9.11, we could definitely see in the film that many people of a different race or culture were met with racism and prejudice that almost everyone of a different race or culture got affected by. In the film we saw how afraid especially Nazneen was to go outside after the attack because of all the prejudice and violence that roamed the streets.

The film also portrayed how hard it was for Chanu to get a job again after he got laid off from his job, and how the family struggled to “stay afloat” after the absence of an annual income. This portrays how challenging it may be for immigrants without much of an education to get a job. In today’s society, there is not much you can do without a proper education. I believe that the film portrays well how difficult it may be for an immigrant, or other, without a prober education to keep or get a job.

International day

The first thing we did when we went to International day at Fagerlia high school was to listen to a lecture. The lecture was about the Palestine conflict and was held by Hilde Henriksen Waage, a Norwegian writer, scientist and historian with the middle-east as her focus field. She held a very informative and eye-opening lecture that created a significant impact on me, personally.

 

Later, the same day, we went to the different classrooms to listen to previous refugees, tell their own story. The experience who made the greatest impact on me personally was the human library in the multimedia room. He showed us a lot of strong pictures he had taken while he was fleeing. He told us stories about the horrific refugee camps and displayed pictures from these camps. We also visited woman who came to Norway as a teenager, went to school for a couple of years then later was deported from Norway. I could not even imagine how horrid this must have been for her and felt sorry for her, but luckily, she was sent back to Norway and finished school which made me feel truly happy for her.

 

The international day at Fagerlia was a really eye-opening and informative day which I think a lot of student in both Norway and other first world countries need. It gives you a lot of insight and makes you want to do more to help than to just work for one day.

Girl Rising

In today`s class we have watched the movie Girl Rising directed by Richard E. Robbins. This is a movie about 9 girls from different countries around the world, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Peru, Egypt, Nepal and India. Girl Rising is also a global movement regarding girl`s and women`s education, which is based around the movie Girl Rising from 2013.

 

The story who made the greatest impact on me was the story of Wadley from Haiti, who lost her home and school during the devastating earthquakes of 2010. Wadley`s story made the greatest impression on me because she seemed like a very energetic and positive girl who looked forward to attending school and enjoy learning. After the heart-breaking catastrophe, the earthquake hit who Haiti, the school Wadley attended was destroyed and they had to move to another school. Her mother could not afford the new school, especially after the devastating earthquake. What inspired me the most was that after all that had happened, Wadley stayed positive and tried to attend school even if she wasn’t allowed. It was that eager to get back to school after such a devastating catastrophe had occurred that made the greatest impact on me.

 

In many countries, girls are considered a burden. And because men on average earn more money than women, the families who can only afford for one of their children to go to school often prioritize the boys. Simply because the boys most likely will earn more money than the girls in the future. Many girls are therefor sent to do choirs, like fetching water and cleaning. They are often silenced and considered irrelevant. One girl with courage is a revolution because if one girl with courage dare to speak out it is a revolution. An example of this is Malala Yousafzai who got the Nobel peace prize for her struggle for girls right to get an education. She had the courage to speak out about women`s right to an education. The Taliban tried to silence her, but It only made her stronger. Therefor I will conclude with if women have the courage to speak up about their situation, they may achieve wonderful things.

I believe it is very hard to relate to the lives of the girls of Girls Rising, because our lives are so different to ours. I think the girl we could relate the most to in the movie was Mariama. She had her own radio program she used to help other girls in demanding situations. We may not be able to talk to, and help people in the same way she does, but we do also have a voice we could use to raise awareness for women`s education. We have different social channels like social media and newspaper posts to help make a difference somehow the way Mariama does.

 

The message I believe will resonate most strongly with the people who are not already familiar with the issue is women`s education. I believe people will resonate most strongly with this because the issue with women`s education is a widely known topic, and it is therefore easy for people to resonate to the topic. The movie Girl Rising have definitely raised my awareness for women`s education. I believe this was a very educational film and as many people as possible should watch the movie if they are able to.

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Gender equality and quality education

 

Why is gender equality and quality education so intertwined? The problem is that in many countries men have in general a higher salary than women. In many developing countries the families can only afford to send one of their kids to school, if any at all. When the families only can afford for one of their kids to go to school, the most obvious candidate would be the one who will earn the most in the future which are the men. In this way the girls would never be allowed to participate in the education system. The girls would stay home and do “women choirs”. In developing countries 1 in 4 girls is not in school.

 

Why is quality education and gender equality so important? I believe quality education and gender equality is important because gender equality means that theoretically as many girls will be allowed to go to school as boys. A quality education is the foundation to decent work which another one of the 17 sustainable development goals.

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The importance of water

When situations like water shortage occurs, it is often the more vulnerable groups in the society that are affected. In developing countries, it is often the boys and men who are prioritised if something were to happen. Problems like water shortage, the situation for many women in the world and education are interconnected because when a problem that demand a lot of man power occurs, it is often the girls who must help while the boys go to school. The boys straight up get prioritised. On average, women and children around the world spend 125 million hours a day collecting water.

An example of this is ten-year-old Violet from Zambia. She says: “Every morning I am up before the sun. Three times a day I walk two miles to fetch water for my sister, my grandmother and me. While I walk, I dream about going to school. I dream about becoming a doctor.” Every hour she spends fetching water is an hour less of schooling for girls like Violet. Many girls in developing countries do not receive any education because they are occupied by chores such as fetching water all day.

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