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Overview

The Homeless Afghan is the first novel by Mohammad Marouf Sharifi. It tells the story of Arib, a young boy from Kapisa Province who was born during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. He grew up amidst war and penetrated through walls of misfortunate to save himself. The story is full of tumultuous events, from the invasion of the Russians to the movements of refugees abroad, the mujahidin government, the Afghan civil war, and the rise of the Taliban. It narrates the Afghan lifestyle in Pakistan and Iran and Arib’s and other youths’ crossing of borders to Turkey and European countries. Sharifi considers The Homeless Afghan to be a story that applies to millions of children in the less developed countries, or at least to the thousands of children in Afghanistan.