Afghan author, carpet seller, BU student tells his powerful story


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Qais Akbar Omar is a Boston University graduate student who grew up in Afghanistan.

He sees people upset over losing their smartphone or computer files, and he tells them, “This is not the end of the world. The end of the world is when you’re at a ditch filled with dead bodies and you’re thinking, “I’m the next one.’ ”

Omar would know, because he has been that person.

He’s just published his memoir, “A Fort of Nine Towers,” the story of growing up in Kabul during the brutal years of the mujahideen and the Taliban. He now lives in Quincy. He is also in the carpet business, and is trying to drum up customers for his Kabul business while he’s in the United States.

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