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Afshar and Karteh Sahe Massacre 1993

Afshar and Karteh Sahe Massacre 1993

Victims:  Over 1,000 Hazaras were massacred in Afshar and Karteh Sahe Date:  February 11, 1993 Perpetrators: Then former President Rabbani, his chief military commander and son-in-law, the so-called “lion of Panjshir” Ahmad Shah Massoud (both from Jamiat-i-Islami political group who participated in the murders) and Abdul Rasul with his political party, Ittehad-i-Islami. Location:  Afshar and Karteh Sahe, West Kabul. […]

A Teacher in Afghanistan: Is the Future Democracy or Muslim Extremism?

By Jeffrey E. Stern A few months ago, in downtown Kabul, a small man stood on top of a car with a megaphone in a city liberated by American troops, and faced down his government. His quarrel was with President Ashraf Ghani. Tensions rose, a guard fired on the protestors, the man on the car […]

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Voice for Hazaras Laments Lost Chances in Afghanistan’s Tumult

By David Joly KABUL, Afghanistan — AFTER his return to Afghanistan from exile, in 1986, Azizullah Royesh immediately became a tireless advocate of education as a bridge over the divisions that have made his country a battleground for decades. Mr. Royesh has been hailed at home and internationally for his work at Marefat High School, his innovative […]

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Jeffrey Stern and “The Last Thousand”

SEILER SMITH Jeffrey Stern, a former Pulitzer Center grantee, is coming out with his first book, The Last Thousand: One School’s Promise in a Nation at War on January 26, 2016. This book is the fruit of a dream and also some risky decisions. Right after college, Stern wanted to be a writer, but he wasn’t sure […]

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‘If I’m not accepted as a refugee I’ll die in Afghanistan’

By Laura Dean, LESBOS, Greece — “My friends call me ‘Darya.’ It means ‘sea,’” says a young university student from Afghanistan. A month ago, Darya had never been anywhere near the sea. But when he decided to leave Afghanistan for Europe, he had to cross one. He left because it was not safe to stay. Darya […]

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Hunted Hazaras travel ‘Death Road’ through Afghanistan

West of the Afghan city of Maidan Shahr is a 40-kilometre stretch of paved highway known as “Death Road”, where drivers say the country’s ethnic Hazara minority are slaughtered by militants “like sheep and cows”. “The spit dries in our mouths from fear when we pass it,” says Mohammad Hussain, who ferries passengers along the […]

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Afghan Kidnappers Prey on Hazaras

By Joseph Goldstein and Taimoor Shah, The New York Times writers KABUL, Afghanistan — A campaign of kidnappings against the Hazara ethnic group intensified on Saturday as gunmen stopped a number of buses along Afghanistan’s main highway and separated out the Hazara passengers, officials said. By morning, between 14 and 30 Hazara passengers had been […]

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Where is “Home Sweet Home”?

By Shoaib Mehryar I was compelled to move to Afghanistan in 2012 at the age of 16, after my cousin was killed in a bomb blast in Hazaratown, Quetta, Pakistan. My parents were terrified for our security and felt it would be safer for me to move to Kabul to pursue my studies. In Pakistan, […]

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In fact: Why protests in Kabul signal rise of a new Afghanistan

By Praveen Swami Images from Kabul last week were breathtaking: tens of thousands of women, children and men, marching in the largest mass demonstrations Afghanistan has ever seen. A day after victorious Taliban forces rolled into Mazar-i-Sharif in August 1998, their commander, Mullah Mannan Niazi, climbed atop a city mosque to proclaim vengeance. “Last year […]

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Shukria Tabassum

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Shukria Tabassum

By Mohammad Younas She was just 9 years old. She didn’t know whether she was a Shia or a Sunni Muslim. She even didn’t know which ethnic group she belonged to. All she knew that she had small sparkling eyes, fair complexion and a small cute nose. She also knew that she was living in […]

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