After he left Kabul, word spread that a Hazara family was living alone in Baba’s house. One day, the Taliban came to the house and demanded that they leave. When Hassan protested, they took him out to the street, forced him to kneel, and shot him in the back of his head. Farzana ran out screaming and they shot her dead as well. The news devastated Amir, who could only whisper, “No. No. No.”
Rahim Khan explained that the Taliban now occupied Baba’s house and they were not held accountable for Hassan and Farzana’s murders. Then he told Amir that he real reason he made Amir come to Peshawar was to bring Sohrab there. An American couple named Thomas and Betty Caldwell ran a goodwill organization there and would take care of him. When Amir protested and suggested Rahim Khan hire someone to find Sohrab, Rahim Khan was insulted. He told Amir, “I think we both know why it has to be you, don’t we?” Then he asked Amir if he had become what Baba feared so many years before, a person who “can’t stand up to anything.” He said it was his dying wish for Amir personally to bring Sohrab to Peshawar.