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Dispatches: Afghanistan’s Afshar Agonies Remembered

Dispatches: Afghanistan’s Afshar Agonies Remembered

by Ahmad Shuja Twenty-two years ago, residents of Kabul’s Afshar district awoke to the sound of rockets launched at them from a nearby mountainside. February 11, 1993, marked the bloody dawn of the Afshar campaign, one of the worst mass atrocities of Afghanistan’s civil war of the early 1990s. Powerful militia-backed faction leaders systematically planned and […]

Nine Hazara Passengers Killed by Taliban

By Mohemed Rizaee Jaghori is one of the Ghazni’s districts which is located in central-east of Afghanistan, and it is one of the districts comprised of Hazaras. The major roads which connect Jaghori to Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, and other major cities are controlled by the Tabliban. The Taliban have stopped vehicles, which […]

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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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The peculiar case of Liaquat Ali Hazara

By Eisa Ali, Liaquat Ali Hazara   The West tells Muslims to condemn terror but Britain wants to deport a prominent anti-Taliban campaigner back to Pakistan. Doing so would seal his fate. At the end of last year, the world recoiled in horror as the Pakistani Taliban launched an attack on a school in Peshawar […]

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Stemming Hazara Killings in the Islamic State Era

By Brian Perkins While the international community scrambles to end the Islamic State-led atrocities against Iraq’s Shia community, a similar, albeit more isolated scenario is unfolding in Quetta, Pakistan. However, there has been no outpouring of support or concerted intervention to stop the systematic killing of Quetta’s Shia Hazara community. Instead, they have been left […]

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Documentary Highlights Sectarian Issues

By Syeda Shehrbano Kazim ISLAMABAD: The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), an Islamabad-based think tank, in collaboration with the Minority Rights Group (MRG) UK, hosted the launch of a documentary titled ‘Shaheedo Tum Kahan Ho’. The documentary gives an account of the target killing of the Hazara community in Quetta. The documentary contains an account […]

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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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Refugee Students In Indonesia Remember Peshawar School Attack

The massacre of 132 innocent students in Peshawar shocked the whole world. People around the world expressed their grief and discontent over this barbaric act. Students from Cisarua Refugee Learning Center, West Java, Indonesia also offered their solidarity with Pakistani students and offered sincerest condolences to families of crushed flowers. The refugee students are from […]

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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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