Lost & Misrepresented Voices of Afghanistan Chapter 2 Page 34

Right of Death and Power over Life clearly demonstrates how the Taliban have abused their use of power over the state as they have clearly ‘suppressed life’ as well as ‘seized a hold of life’ (Foucault, 1978, p.136). The director of the orphanage tries to justify his actions of running the orphanage by stating that:

If I deny him one child, he takes ten. So, I let him take one and leave the judging to Allah. I swallow my pride and take his goddamn filthy . . . dirty money. Then I go to the bazaar and buy food for the children. (Hosseini, 2009, p. 270).

The director is torn between helping the rest of the children survive within very difficult circumstances and his responsibility to protect the children left in his care from abuse and