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

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, […]

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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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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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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The Malalas of Quetta

By Munira Abbas Hazaras light candles for peace against sectarian attacks in Quetta on February 15, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS QUETTA: Twenty-three-year-old Mehrin Kausar sits in front of the stove at her modest residence in Marriabad on Alamdar Road, staring at the swaying flame that her family’s meal simmers on. In her eyes, however, the fire to […]

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Taliban Killed 30 Hazara Policemen

By Zafer Shayan According to the latest reports, 30 local Hazara policemen have been killed and beheaded in Jalrez District of Wardak Province in Afghanistan. This tragedy happened when the Taliban attacked on security checkpoints in Jalrez district on early Thursday July 2, 2015. Some local and international media reported that several policemen were killed […]

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Five Hazaras gunned down in Quetta

By Mohammad Zafar At least five people belonging to the Hazara community were gunned down in Quetta’s Circular Road area near Meezab Chowk Sunday evening. Unidentified armed men on two motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire on the victims, who were sitting outside a tea shop in the area. Four of them died on the spot, while one […]

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