Khaled Hosseini is a novelist and physician. He is best known for his three ground-breaking novels that have been have been published in over 70 countries and sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. The Kite Runner spent 101 weeks on the The New York Times Best Seller list, A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) was a Times Best Seller for 103 weeks, and And the Mountains Echoed (2013) debuted near the top of the Times. Hosseini is currently a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He established the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a non-profit organization providing humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan. The Foundation works with the UNHCR to build shelters for refugee families. It also provides economic opportunities, education, and healthcare for women and children of Afghanistan.
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