We are asking the international community to intervene and protect Hazaras from being massacred.
we gather here to protest against the current wave of attacks on Hazaras by Kochi (nomad) in Hazara villages in Maidan-Wardak province.
as the Taliban Pushtoon forces backed by Karzai Government and to show that the condition for Hazaras in Afghanistan and those fleeing as refugees, is unsafe and far from improved. “We are deeply concerned about the recent attacks on Hazaras in Afghanistan.
According to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, 6 people including a 3-year old child have been killed in 3 districts of Maidan Wardak Province. 1800 families displaced, 68 houses burnt and 28 schools closed down including some burnt causing 10000 students out of school. Armed Kuchi gunmen – estimated to be between 500 to 1,000 – occupied dozens of villages.
As I spoke to relatives in Ghazni, told me that the Kuchi attacked Qarabagh villeges and Nahor district of Ghazni province, on 3rd of June but the casualties are unknown yet.
The conflict between Afghanistan’s Kuchi nomads and Hazara villagers in district of Behsud and Daimirdad in Maidan-Wardak province, Qarabagh and Nahor District in Ghazni province is dividing the government, polarizing the country and potentially boosting the Taliban. But The Karzai government has done nothing to prevent the Taliban Kuchi’s invasion of Hazara lands. In fact, Karzai’s inaction encouraged the nomads to invade Hazara areas,”. The pastoralists known as “Kochi”, a predominantly Pashtun armed group, brought their flocks to the Hazara areas in Afghanistan, killed many civilians, burnt and looted their houses and made thousands of local Hazaras flee their homes.
“Hazaras were a strong supporter of the Karzai government and the international community; we were the first to lay down our arms. We contributed to the reconstruction of Afghanistan but the international forces for security in Afghanistan and Karzai government have not protected Hazaras from attacks by the Kuchis.”
Hazaras have been persecuted and forced to flee for over a hundred years under different Pashtun rulers, the Taliban and now by the Karzai’s government under the nose of NATO forces,”.
Hazara people have been denied their basic human rights and protection by the occupation forces, “The Hazaras in Afghanistan have been stripped of their basic rights, the right to food by having Kuchi flocks to graze their harvest. We have also missed out on the billions of dollar poured in Afghanistan. Now we are forced to leave our lands.
It looks like Hazaras don’t have a home; we are forced out from our home.
“The Hazara community from Australia, want an end to this centuries old cruel practice. We want peace and long term security,”
“We as the Australian Hazara community requests from the international community to intervene in the systematic genocide of Hazaras and brings those who have committed crimes against humanity to justice,”
“In the light of increasingly vicious attacks by Kochis and Taliban, the Australian government has suspended the Hazara application for protection. This is concerning for us,”, “We are horrified about the opposition’s immigration policy announcement to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visa and keep people indefinitely in on-shore processing centre.
We have lived through it all under Howard’s inhuman policy. Seeing it back is simply unacceptable,” “We also thank the Australian nation for providing us with an opportunity to live in a safe and secure country, but for a large numbers of Hazara peace and security is denied in Afghanistan”.