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Unformatted text preview: By April 2001, Laila is 23 years old and, after years of suffering abuse and hunger, is hardly fazed when she hears the news the Taliban have destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan valley. Laila is more distraught by the fact that she's forced to put Aziza in an orphanage because Rasheed is unable to earn enough to feed all of them. Laila cannot bear to tell Aziza the truth, so she tells her the orphanage is a special school. Rasheed, Mariam, and Laila walk with Aziza to the orphanage, but Rasheed stops a few blocks short, leaving the two women to walk the rest of the way with Aziza.. Aziza pesters them with questions to hide her growing anxiety. They meet with Zaman, the director, and he interviews Laila while Mariam entertains Aziza in the hall. Laila finds it odd as she tells a lie that's also the truth: that Aziza's father is dead. Zaman believes her and agrees to take Aziza in, assuring Laila that she's able to visit Aziza whenever she...
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