AfterwordFor almost three decades now, the Afghan refugee crisis hasbeen one of the most severe around the globe. War, hunger,anarchy, and oppression forced millions of people-like Tariq andhis family in this tale-to abandon their homes and fleeAfghanistan to settle in neighboring Pakistan and Iran. At theheight of the exodus, as many as eight million Afghans wereliving abroad as refugees. Today, more than two million Afghanrefugees remain in Pakistan.Chapter 10. canada goose schweiz “Where did he go?””I don’t know, my love.”When was he coming back? Would Baba jan bring a presentwith him when he returned?Not the least of his troubles was the fact that, whereas in other days he might have called all the boys in town together and told them the story of his effort to purify the State government, and delighted his soul over their enjoyment of it, he could now tell it only to Matt, who, while a very true friend, had not as keen a sense of the ludicrous as Jack could have desired. Still, one hearer would be better than none, and Jack wondered whether it might not yet be early enough for him to hurry to Matt’s house and impart the delicious story, when suddenly, to his great delight, he met Matt himself.Chapter 46.
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Jack had noticed the dog when that animal first put in his appearance in search of a scrap of meat or bone, and had thereafter observed his motions with that peculiar interest which dogs seem always to inspire in boys. Then he happened to see a very dilapidated tea-kettle behind the tin-shop, and when dogs and tea-kettles become closely associated in the mind of a boy, even if the boy himself be of excellent birth and breeding, and quite tender-hearted beside, the juvenile traditions of many generations have generally the effect of causing the dog and the kettle to enter into an entangling alliance which the animal regards with accumulative aversion, and about which the tea-kettle, whose expressions are ordinarily so cheery, indulges in much unrythmical noise. Into such a combination were Farmer Parkins’ yellow dog Sam and an old kettle forced very soon after Jack first beheld them both, and as yellow Sam hurried down street in an honest attempt to rid himself of his superfluous tin-ware, and as Jack followed him to note the results, with a view to the more accurate affixing of tin kettles to the tails of the dogs of the future, yellow Sam dropped exhausted in front of his master’s horses, and the dog’s master came out of a store near by, just as Jack, with a fragment of barrel-hoop, was trying to stimulate the animal to renewed exertion. It was then that the farmer remarked, with admirable vigor,”I’ll do my best,” said Bobby unenthusiastically, “but, hang it, Mudd, I’ve got my living to make now. 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