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‘We nearly died’: Hazara refugee risks everything for new life

‘We nearly died’: Hazara refugee risks everything for new life

Zahir Hassan Zada was a teenager when he fled Afghanistan after his father was taken by the Taliban. His family settled in Pakistan but life as Hazara refugees was never safe and in 2010 he left behind a wife and two young sons to find a new life. Today, after spending nearly half his life […]

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 […]

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‘Illegal refugee’ adds his craft to Canberra

Hazara People note: We do respect all ethnic groups, but Hazara People are not Afghan. Afghan or Pashtun is another ethnic group in Afghanistan. by David Ellery Hashmat Shafaq has the Afghan Communist party to thank for his becoming an old world carpenter who uses ancient skills to craft exquisitely carved furniture at his Woden workshop. […]

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No Land for The Hazara Asylum Seekers

The sad story of Reza Mohammadi By: Kawa Gharji and Basir ahang Translated:Amin Wahidi It has been a year that Reza Mohammadi has arrived with his family to Norway where he asked asylum. He is a Hazara from Afghanistan. Reza Mohammadi’s problems began to grow in 2002 when he was forced to flee his home […]

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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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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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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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