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Our Condolences and Condemnation of the Terrorist Attack in Ankara

Our Condolences and Condemnation of the Terrorist Attack in Ankara

Hazara People International Network: As one of the most persecuted people on earth, we are deeply saddened to hear about the terrorist attack in Ankara in Turkey that killed 37 civilians. Hazara People International Network strongly condemns yesterday’s act of terrorism submitting its condolences to the people of Turkey and especially the families of the victims. […]

How refugee and Nauru detainee Nabi Baqiri became a fruit-picking millionaire

By Alana Rosenbaum Nabi Baqiri is paying for a tractor part and chainsaw to use in his Shepparton orchard. The former refugee hands over a cheque and asked the sales assistant to fill in the date and transaction amount. “I don’t know how to write,” he explains. “Don’t joke with me. I don’t have time,” the sales assistant replies, […]

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Austria holds refugee talks as young Hazaras flee persecution to make ‘dangerous’ journey to Europe

By Kim Traill As refugees continue to flow into Europe unabated this year, Austria will host a summit this week of Balkan states in another attempt to find a solution to the crisis. The meeting comes after Macedonia closed its borders to asylum seekers from all countries other than Syria, and Iraq and the Austrians […]

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What America Leaves When It Leaves Afghanistan

In a slum on the outskirts of Kabul, a teacher tries to build a new country by Jeffrey E. Stren This month, the outgoing commander of America’s military effort in Afghanistantold Congress that the country the United States invaded more than 14 years ago was at “an inflection point.” The Taliban reportedly holds more territory than at any […]

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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. […]

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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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