A Thousand Splendid Suns

Why is it important to know Miriam's birthdate in chapter one?

On page 11 it tells us her birthdate. Is there a reason why it is important or is it symbolic in any way?

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I think it really is to tell us how much she has been through at such a young age. Her identity is recognized as an illegitimate child of Nana and Jalil. Her mother referrers to her as a harami or "bastard half child" (loosely translated). This sets the stage for the heartbreaking portrait of her and other women’s' struggles in this story.