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Refugee looks back on ordeal of seeking asylum and being detained in Nauru

Refugee looks back on ordeal of seeking asylum and being detained in Nauru

BY GUY CREIGHTON           A. B. CWhen 10-year-old Mohammad Baqiri saw a bird flying across the sky, the significance had little bearing on his mind. It was the first bird he – and the 150 people onboard the tiny fishing boat – had seen since it had left Indonesia seven days […]

A letter with the affliction of my soul

by Habiba Roshan Dear a father, a mother, a sibling  to the empty plate, we all wait you have given me the journey of unexpected  You’ve activated me to the world of mystery  It’s drastically unexpectedly  difficult for me to speak  the words that’s hidden behind my throat      I’ve begin to keep a […]

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Sydney: Hazaras protest kidnappings

Photos by Asad Amir  On April 11, 2015 The Hazara community protested the indifference of the Afghanistan government and were also concerned at the growing number of forced deportations of Hazara refugees from Australia.More than 100 ethnic Hazaras have gathered at Sydney’s Town Hall to call for an end to deportations and the release of dozens of their kidnapped […]

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A letter from Australia: I fear for my own people

Aziza Zafari  I am a young woman from Afghanistan who came to Australia with my family ten years ago. After experiencing much danger and hardship,   this country seemed like Paradise to us. For the first time we felt secure and human rights were respected. I love Australia, but I find myself in the conflicting cross-currents […]

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Pakistan to Pakenham

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Pakistan to Pakenham

From death threats to a new home to the United Nations, knowledge has shaped Zakia Baig’s life. She spoke to CASEY NEILL about its value. “We could not stay in our country, in our home. It wasn’t safe.” ZAKIA Baig’s dedication to education forced her to flee her home in Pakistan. But it also secured […]

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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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Rough Crossing

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Rough Crossing

Rough Crossing ———————- Fleeing persecution, a group of ethnic Hazaras set out for Australia by sea. One of them documented the harrowing voyage with a camera.By Lynne Minion As he stepped onto a boat on the Indonesia coast, Barat Ali Batoor knew he might not survive the voyage to Australia. But it was a risk he […]

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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 […]

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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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