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

‘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 […]

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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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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Protest  and Candlelight Vigil on Beheading of Shukria and Other Victims in Front of CNN

By Muhammed Rizaee On Friday, November 13, 2015 a peaceful protest and a candlelight vigil were held in front of CNN’s headquarter, Atlanta Georgia USA, protesting the genocide of the Hazara people. The protest ran from 4:30 PM. to 5:50PM with the vigil following from 5:50PM to 6:10PM. More than 290 brochures had been handed to […]

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Afghan guards open fire at Kabul rally against Hazara deaths

By Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential guards opened fire on Wednesday to disperse thousands of protesters marching outside the palace compound in Kabul to denounce recent abductions and killings of seven members of the Hazara Shiite minority. The shooting, which the Public Health Ministry said wounded seven people, occurred as some of […]

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Afghanistan people march in Kabul to protest Hazara killings

By Humayoon Babur, KABUL, Afghanistan – Thousands of people gathered outside the Presidential Palace in the center of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, holding aloft the coffins of seven ethnic Hazaras who had been kidnapped and beheaded, while calling for a new government that can ensure security in the country. The protesters held banners and […]

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Thousands of Afghanistanis protest killings of long-persecuted ethnic Hazaras

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL — Thousands of Hazaras staged protests and held candlelight vigils Tuesday over the slayings of seven members of the country’s ethnic Hazara minority, an attack that has sparked fears of sectarian targeted killings in a ­nation beset by decades of bitter conflict. The victims, including three women and two children, had […]

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Hazara take protests to Kabul as Afghan sectarian fears rise

By Mustafa Andalid A protest convoy drove the bodies of seven members of Afghanistan’s minority Hazara community to the capital Kabul on Tuesday to protest against their murder by unknown militants, who dumped their partially beheaded bodies at the weekend. The killing of the seven Hazara, including three women and two children, during fighting between […]

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