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Pakistan to Pakenham

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 […]

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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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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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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2nd Hazara Man Deported

Reported by Stephanie March CHRIS UHLMANN: The second Hazara man to be deported by the Australian Government against his will says he fears for his life in Kabul. The Immigration Department rejected the man’s claim that his job involved driving through Taliban areas, saying he’d be safe if he settled in Afghanistan’s capital. But refugee […]

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Still Deporting to Danger

By Jordan Humphreys Occasionally the government begrudgingly informs us about its “removals”. Beneath this sanitised word lies the horror of deportations. The Edmund Rice Centre, a Sydney-based social research and advocacy organisation, recently reported on the situation of Zainullah Nazeri, a Hazara deported back to Afghanistan on 26 August: “He was in the country for […]

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