Combating Human Rights Violations
The Hazaras are an ethnic group native to the region of Hazarajat in central Afghanistan. While there are various theories on their origins, it is an undisputable fact that they have endured sustained systemic discrimination, ethnic cleansing, and genocide for several generations.
The persecution of Hazara people dates back to the 16th century, with Babur, founder of the Mughal Empire. Further persecution also took place during the reign of Emir Abdur Rahman (1880–1901) where thousands of Hazaras were killed, expelled and enslaved. This led to Pashtuns and other groups occupying parts of Hazarajat.
The Hazara people have also been the victims of massacres committed by the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Although the Taliban’s control of the government ended in 2001, the situation of the Hazaras has not yet improved and thousands are being persecuted in Afghanistan, and neighboring Pakistan, by sunni extremist groups in recent years.
Help us put an end to these repeating cycles of holocaust for the Hazara People. Help us end headlines like these:
- Attack On Afghan Minority Group Leaves Over 60 Dead
- Amnesty International Urges Pakistan Authorities To Tackle Brazen Attacks On Hazara Shi’a
- Seven Kidnapped Hazaras Beheaded in Afghanistan & Two Hazaras killed in Pakistan
Around the world, each day, hundreds of refugees make the difficult decision to leave everything they have and flee from horrific violence, discrimination, persecution, or extreme poverty. It is estimated that about half the population of Hazaras in Afghanistan have been displaced as a result of sectarian violence and religious persecution. By the numbers, that is:
Total Populations: 7-8 million
Refugee Populations: ~ 4 million
Preserving The Legacy of the Hazara People
“The Buddhas of Bamiyan (بت های باميان ) were 4th- and 5th-century monumental statues of standing buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, 230 kilometers (140 mi) northwest of Kabul at an elevation of 2,500 meters (8,200 ft). Built-in 507 CE (smaller) and 554 CE (larger), the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art. They were 35 (115 ft) and 53 meters (174 ft) tall, respectively … They were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, after the Taliban government declared that they were idols.” (Wikipedia).
Similar to these Buddha statues, the endemic level of violence, the systemic genocide and persecution based on ethnicity and religious beliefs, and the mass migration is resulting in the loss of both land and cultural heritage for the Hazara people. Help us preserve that heritage for future generations.
Join our endeavors to preserve and promote:
- Works of Art
- Culture (tradition and folklore)
The path of war is a path of indiscriminant destruction. It does not distinguish the young from the old, the innocent from the guilty, or the civilian from the soldier. It equally and guiltlessly destroys all in its path. What remains in the aftermath is a wasteland of graveyards and ruins, shattered lives, and a scattered and devastated community.
However, an interesting phenomenon happens after the dust and ashes have settled down. Although caused by the hands of man, another community of individuals emerge and extend a lending hand to repair what is mendable. It comforts those who have lost and extend support rebuilt what is not irrevocably lost. So, join our cause to stitch together what we can and restore balance to those traumatized lives.
Let us build back those infrastructures and communities and preserve what is left.