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From Persia to Parade College – an unlikely refugee journey

From Persia to Parade College – an unlikely refugee journey

By Laurie Nowell Elnaz Tavancheh, an ethnic Hazara who fled her home in Iran to avoid persecution and threats, completed her VCE at the school this year and is hoping to study at university. After fleeing to Indonesia from Iran and taking a dangerous boat journey to Christmas Island, she and her mother are now […]

Hazara Refugees Sent Back To Afghanistan By The Government Are Being Tortured By The Taliban

By Alex McKinnon The news that more than 130 children were murdered by the Pakistani Taliban in an attack on a Peshawar school last night is a horrific reminder that the region is still often at the mercy of deranged violence. In Afghanistan, the local Taliban are growing increasingly confident now that foreign forces have largely pulled out of the […]

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An 18-Year-Old Hazara Refugee In Indonesia Is Making Documentaries On His Smartphone

By Alex McKinnon The debate around asylum seekers in Australia is an old and frequently vicious one that does an excellent job of silencing some of the most important voices: the asylum seekers and refugees themselves. A combination of government secrecy, language barriers, the tyranny of distance and political scapegoating means that we rarely hear directly […]

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Hazara asylum seeker fears for life if forceably returned, say refugee advocates

By Chloe Booker Protesters say a Hazara asylum seeker faces death if returned. Refugee advocates say they fear a Victorian Hazara asylum seeker will be killed when the Federal Government sends him back to Afghanistan on Wednesday. More than 150 Hazara and refugee advocates protested against his deportation outside the Immigration Department’s Melbourne offices on Sunday holding placards such […]

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Pakistan’s Hazara: ‘It’s like living in jail’

Pakistan’s Hazara: ‘It’s like living in jail’ Surge in sectarian violence puts Pakistan’s minority Hazara community in state of fear and frustration. By Purvi Thacker Hazaras are experiencing increasing persecution, during the current wave of sectarian violence in Pakistan [Reuters] In a room, empty except for an old cupboard with an orange dupatta-covered suitcase on […]

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Part 2: Local or Neighborhood Trade in Hazarajat

Nomad Expansion and commerce in Central Afghanistan A Sketch of Some Modern Trends By Klaus Ferdinand Local or neighborhood trade in Hazarajat Despite the differences existing between the nomads and the settled population in Hazarajat, economic relations and, on some points, cooperation, of benefit to both parties came into being at an early stage. It […]

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Kicking ass in Kabul: Hazara Bruce Lee impersonator goes viral

‘Bruce Hazara’, who recreates the poses of the martial arts legend on Facebook, has become a cult figure, appearing on al-Jazeera and across global media With his shock of black hair and calmly handsome features, 20-year-old Abbas Alizada is the spitting image of a certain famous martial artist and film star – and armed with […]

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Meet the Hazara Bruce Lee Doppelganger: Bruce Hazara

He is reportedly 20 years old, resides in Kabul, and calls himself Bruce Hazara or the Bruce Lee of Afghanistan. Abbas Alizada  not only has an uncanny resemblance to the late Kung Fu master and Hollywood icon, Bruce Lee; he also jumps, kicks and performs martial arts stunt like him. Alizada became something of an Internet […]

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Asylum seekers on the doorstep of UN office in Jakarta with nowhere to turn

By Michael Bachelard Jakarta: For Sardar “Sammy” Hussein, barely more than a boy, the words he’s whispering under his breath have become almost a mantra: “What should I do? What should I do?” We’re sitting on a doorstep across the road from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ office in central Jakarta, which has […]

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“Nomad Expansion and commerce in Central Afghanistan” Part 1

Nomad Expansion and commerce in Central Afghanistan A Sketch of Some Modern Trends By Klaus Ferdinand In 1892 the independent status of the Hazara was finally ended, for, after various revolts, they were crushed by the forces of Amir Abdur Rahman Khan which advanced on Hazarajat from all sides. All the Hazara leaders were captured […]

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