The Kite Runner

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Euphemism for Genocide


Identify the euphemism for genocide used in the following passage from chapter 22:

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Assef’s brow twitched. “Like pride in your people, your customs, your language. Afghanistan is like a beautiful mansion littered with garbage, and someone has to take out the garbage.” “That’s what you were doing in Mazar, going door-to-door? Taking out the garbage?” “Precisely.” "In the west, they have an expression for that. They call it ethnic cleansing." "Do they?" Assef's face brightened.