The Red Wrath is the story of a boy growing up in the 1970s peaceful world of Afghanistan. Asif is the young son of Zulfiqar Khan who is an inspirational leader and political speaker of Shir Abad village near Mazar e Shreiff in Balkh Province.
He has a girl in his life named Latifa. He dreams of marrying her and always finds some or the other way to get a glimpse of her. Yet in Afghan society, it is forbidden to love and even to stare any female especially in the rural heartlands. She is fond of her studies and is ambitious. She is a neighbor of Asif and she too has a beating corner for Asif in her heart.
Asif after school play Taupdanda with his friends who are from different ethnic tribal groups Uzbek, Tajik, Pashtun and Hazara. There used to no differences between the tribes of Afghanistan and everyone lives happily there.
The life seems to be going normal until one day when the Communists regime passes an order for his Baba’s arrest and the defining series of events started thereafter. The journey of unending suffrage started in the late dark night ended up in the village near Lowgar where Asif and his family were enlightened to know their Grandfather Masoud Khan’s contribution to the village people and were glad to see their ancestral home.
The Russians changed Asif’s prosperous life into an unfortunate tale of sorrow and grievance. While the whole world was devastated, he determined himself to work for his family and provide them a living. He got and angelic friend in his life Farid who supported and helped him in all the way he can.
His life has taken him on the journey of different destinies where he struggled for his survival fighting the battles with his own self and the society which have given him friends but has also given him the trouble creators who have always draw hurdles in his way to success where he lost many of his dear ones in wake of war. From 1978 up to 2000, he spent a life of thorns full of pain and agony making him and his family the victim of post war trauma.
After living a tragic life he returned to his village where he started to settle down for a stable and respectful life in his own world but here the destiny has some more hardships to offer in the shape of Taliban whose maltreatment of Asif and ceasing his work forced Asif to make an escape from his country and from his people who will become vulnerable targets if he stays here.
He escaped to Oslo, Norway in 2001 with a heavy hearted feeling of devastation, carrying the countless unfulfilled dreams of his prosperity and a peaceful life. He carries the guilt of leaving his family alone in land of butchers with whom he will have no contact until few years.
Here he met with one of his lost best friend Akram who gives energies his soul once again making him to relive his lost moments and childhood past.
After making his life settled down he tries to contact with the help of his friends he made in Norway and ends up with sad news of his Mori’s death which left him completely devastated making him realize the cost of peace and prosperity he bore in his yester years of grievance who have cost him his dear ones, his parents and his own family which brings out an emotional poet and messenger of peace from him in the end writing a letter to his cast away wife and his remaining family living life in the world of terror.
His journey between the two destinies of Sorrow and Prosperity transformed him into a much balanced and human person who know the value of life, peace and harmony, which has taught him to forgive even his enemies, even those who have tortured him.
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About the Author: Born in Afghanistan, Hatef Mokhtar grew up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. He is now working as the Editor in Chief of The Oslo Times in Oslo, Norway. “The cries and sorrow of my homeland inspired me to write this book.”
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