It is spring, 2003, in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan. The teacher Akbar, age 51, is eking out a living as a teacher. He teaches the geography and history of Afghanistan to children in the campfs school. His everyday life seems very ordinary, but inside his heart, he cannot escape2) from the memories of his village of Yakaolang. They are memories of his own life put at the mercy of war, of fellow villagers killed in war, of his village that he cannot return to even now. He walks and moves with difficulty4), the effects of torture, and he is slowly losing his sight
Akbar realizes that he will not be able to continue teaching much longer, so he begins to tell his students his life story. He tells them of the events that occurred in his village and in their homeland of Afghanistan, of how villagers, brothers, and relatives lost their lives, and why his wife and daughters could not receive education. It is a special lesson that Akbar believes he must tell the children, because it is to them that Afghanistanfs future will be entrusted.
As the lesson progresses, Akbarfs words become more impassioned, and his answers to questions by the students begin to bring unspeakable experiences to life again5). Finally, Akbar reveals the secrets of a dark past that have been sealed within his heart for years and years, secrets that he had vowed never to speak of. These secrets are the shocking truth of events that happened in his own village.

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