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A history of creation and destruction: To rebuild or not to rebuild Bamiyan’s Buddha statues?

A history of creation and destruction: To rebuild or not to rebuild Bamiyan’s Buddha statues?

by Melissa Kerr Chiovenda In Bamiyan, Afghanistan, locals’ discussions on Hazara history and recent oppressions faced by Hazaras would often incorporate the meanings that two Buddha statues, built in the 6th and 7th centuries and destroyed on March 10 2001 by the Taliban, held for Hazaras. During my stays in Bamiyan between 2011 and 2013, some individuals […]

Hazara artists showcase plight of minorities

LAHORE: An exhibition of artists Khadim Ali and Sher Ali, hailing from Hazara community, on the theme of demonising the minorities in Pakistan and Afghanistan kicked off at Rohtas 2 Gallery on Saturday. A total of ten artworks were on display at the exhibition where students of different universities participated. Sher Ali told Daily Times […]

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Almond Eyes (Chashm Badami)

By Zahra H. Editor’s note: Members of the Hazara ethnic minority were attacked and killed at Afshar, Mazar-i Sharif, Yakaolang Robatak, Ghor, and Jalriz. In Ghor province armed Taliban halted a car, separated the occupants into Hazara, Tajik, and Pashtoons, and then killed the Hazaras. In Jalriz, Taliban recently attacked and killed Hazaras. I am going to puke […]

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What Mohammad Omar took from Afghanistan that can never be returned

By Adam Taylor A combination photo of the 180-foot-high Buddha statue in Bamian, central Afghanistan on Dec. 18, 1997, left, and after its destruction on March 26, 2001. (Muzammil Pasha, Sayed Salahuddin/Reuters) The late Taliban leader Mohammad Omar played a major role in history. By giving Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda haven after they were expelled […]

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Hazara Predicament

By Roohullah Gulzari, a human rights activist A couple of years ago, I showed works of art by my friend Ramzan Ali Hazara, a graduate of the National College of Arts, to another friend from university. He looked at them and was quite amazed at the brilliant skills displayed by Ramzan in his paintings. “But […]

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Hazara Artist Khadim Ali Joins the Board of the Art Gallery of NSW

By Elizabeth Fortescue A Hazara artist from Doonside who grew up in the shadow of Taliban persecution will join some of Sydney’s wealthiest movers and shakers on the board of the Art Gallery of NSW. Khadim Ali, 36, joins high profile AGNSW board members including businessman James Packer’s sister Gretel Packer, art collector Geoff Ainsworth, […]

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The Hazara Nationalism:  in Music and  Historical Literature

The Hazara Nationalism: in Music and Historical Literature By Barakat Rastgar  The Hazara nationalism was a response and reaction to the Afghan Nationalism. Hazaras thought that they were not being represented well, and they were kept away from political decision making process. The Hazara nationalism emerged in 1980s, and kept changing with circumstances. As identity […]

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Stream of Deer: Poems

Kamran Mir Hazar Poetry Translation: Marta Núñez Pouzols Nushin Arbabzadah Paperback: 72 pages Publisher: Full Page Publishing (July 1, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 0983770859 ISBN-13: 978-0983770855 Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches Stream of Deer reflects the voice of a freely-speaking poet from Hazaristan (Afghanistan), Kamran Mir Hazar. Escaping as a boy from […]

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Hazara: Saga of an Entity Fallen Between Cracks

POEMS FOR THE HAZARA A MULTILINGUAL POETRY ANTHOLOGY AND COLLABORATIVE POEM Executive Editor: Kamran Mir Hazar FULL PAGE PUBLISHING 2014 Reviewed By: Debasmita Ganguly With Haiku’s Body: Sometimes they want to chain your hands and feet If necessary become a fish, If necessary an elephant saved from extinction! Kamran Mir Hazar There you are…standing alone, […]

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Poets discover Hazara while NATO fails to protect them from terrorists

The works of one hundred twenty five internationally recognized poets from sixty-eight countries have been published in a 600 page multilingual anthology and collaborative poem. Titled Poems for the Hazara, it’s subject is the plight of the Hazara, one of the most persecuted political/ethnic groups in the world. The Hazara have suffered repeated acts of […]

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