Hazara

Who Are the Hazaras and What Are They Escaping?

STOCKHOLM, Sept 22  – Hazaras are a mainly Shi’ite community, several thousand of whom have fled to Sweden in recent years to escape abuse and poverty in marginalised communities in Afghanistan and Iran. Often singled out because of their religion, Hazaras were persecuted by the Sunni Taliban during its 1996-2001 rule in Afghanistan. Many fled

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Daesh Claims Responsibility for Kabul Attack, 80 Dead

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, July 23 – Twin explosions tore through a demonstration by members of Afghanistan’s mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 in a suicide attack claimed by Daesh. Graphic television footage from the site of the attack showed many dead bodies

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Militants Kidnap 17 Members of Afghanistan’s Hazara Community

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, June 2 – Gunmen have kidnapped 17 members of Afghanistan’s Hazara community, officials said on Thursday, the latest incident involving members of the Shi’ite Muslim minority highlighting the risk of sectarian violence. The men were abducted on Wednesday afternoon from a bus in the northern province of Sar-i-Pul, with officials blaming Taliban militants.

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Thousands of Afghan Hazaras Join Power Line Protest in Kabul

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, May 16 – Thousands of demonstrators from Afghanistan’s Hazara minority marched in protest through Kabul on Monday saying that they are missing out on a multi-million dollar power transmission line, posing a major challenge to the government of President Ashraf Ghani. Protesters have been demanding that the planned route for the

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Kabul Locked Down as Afghan Authorities Face Power Line Protest

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, May 16 – Stacked-up shipping containers blocked the streets leading to Kabul’s government and diplomatic area on Monday as Afghan authorities prepared for a rally by thousands of members of the Hazara minority over a multi-million dollar power line project. Demonstrators are demanding that the route for the 500 kV transmission

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Afghan Hazara Step Up Protest after Beheadings

KABUL (NOV. 11) Thousands of members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic minority demonstrated on Wednesday against government inaction over the killing of seven members of their community by Islamist militants who dumped their partially beheaded bodies. The mainly Shia Hazara have long faced persecution in Afghanistan, with thousands massacred by the Taliban and al Qaeda in

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