D5 is named after Khaled Hosseini, an Afghan-born novelist, physician, activist, humanitarian and UNHCR goodwill ambassador.
Hosseini was born in Kabul in 1965, the eldest of five children to a diplomat father and a high school teacher. From an early age, Hosseini showed great flair for writing stories and when the Russian invasion of Afghanistan took place in 1980, the political asylum that they were granted in San Jose would provided the inspiration for his later novel, The Kite Runner.
Despite enjoying writing, Hosseini decided to pursue a career in medicine originally, graduating from UC San Diego School of Medicine in 1993. After practising medicine for 6 years, he returned to California and started writing short stories again. In 2001, The Kite Runner was published and received the Borders Original Voice Award, the San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year Award, and the South African Boeke Prize.
In 2006, Hosseini was named a goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency and his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, was published shortly after following his observations of women wearing burqas. And the Mountains Echoed was published in 2013, exploring the issue of siblings separated when a through adoption and he has since established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
Hosseini continues to write novels containing vivid depictions of the human psyche, and covering important tales of love, loss, betrayal, and redemption set against and Afghan backdrop. His stories not only highlight issues related to his birth place but also transcends Afghan values covering themes of (in his words) "guilt, friendship, forgiveness, loss, and desire for atonement, and desire to be better than who you think you are."
"But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie."
Ms M Holian