Canadian Hazaras Condemn The Recent Massacre Against The Hazaras in Hazarajat

17 06 2010

On Sunday the 13th of June 2010, Canadian Hazaras gathered in Toronto to protest against the invasion of Hazara towns and villages in Central Afghanistan and the killings of many innocent Hazaras in those communities by the Kochies. They also condemned the negligence of the Afghan government to take action against this violent attack which had taken many lives including women and children. They hope that the UN will not stay silent while many innocent families are being massacred by the Kochies.

There will be a more detailed report for this protest posted here once more information is available.





Thousands of Australian Hazaras Protested Against the Kochi Attacks in Hazarajat

4 06 2010

On Sunday, the 30th of May 2010, the National Australian Hazara Council organised a protest in which thousands of Australian Hazaras took to the streets in almost all the major cities to raise their concern about the invasion of a number of Hazara villages in Hazarajat by a nomadic people called the “Kochies” and also to ask the UN and the International Community not to stay silent while innocent people of Hazarajat are suffering from many problems caused by the Kochi invasion.

Kochies are armed with heavy weaponry. It is worth noting that due to their fascist ideas, Taliban are very supportive of the them.

Since the start of this conflict around 10-15 people have been killed and missing, over 50 people injured, thousands of homes burnt, and tens and thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes. This is a problem that the people of Hazarajat face on a yearly basis.

Tens and thousands of people are now forced to live in camps in other cities with almost no support. It is very disappointing to see that there is no reaction from the UN and the International Community on this issue. We hope that they break their silence and urge Mr. Karzai’s government to put forward a permanent solution for this problem and to end the suffering of thousands of innocent people.

The slide show below contains some photographs from Sydney:





پان تورکیزم

7 04 2010

پان تورکیزم جنبشی است که به دلایل فراوان در صدد بوجود آوردن یک اتحاد سیاسی، فرهنگی و ایدیولوژیکی در میان ممالک و اقوام تورک نژاد میباشد. پان تورکیزم تقریبا صد سال پیش مطرح گردید و بعد از آن طرفداران بی شماری پیدا کرده است. گرچه مردم تورکتبار خواهان بوجود آوردن همچو وحدتی را هستند اما به دلیل گرفتاریها و مشکلات سیاسی و اقتصادی، ممالک تورکنژاد موفق به برنامه ریزی دقیقتر و جدی تری برای بوجود آوردن این اتحادیه نشده اند

این یک حقیقت تلخیست که اقلیتهای تورکتبار در حال از دست دادن فرهنگ و زبان خود هستند چون آنها به آن تعدادی نیستند که بتوانند زبان و فرهنگ اصلی خود را در بین زبان و فرهنگ حاکم حفظ نمایند. در بسیاری از ممالک، مخصوصا در شرق، تلاش لازم به حفظ فرهنگ و زبان اقلیتها صورت نمیگیرد و آهسته آهسته از بین میروند. از دست دادن فرهنگ و زبان برای تمدن انسانی ضرر بزرگ و جبران ناپزیریست

هدف از این حرکت و یا وحدت نژادپرستی و یا برتری جویی نیست. وقتی تاریخ را ورق میزنیم می بینیم که اقلیتهای تورکتبار صدها سال مورد ستم و ظلم دیگران بوده اند و از حقوق خود محروم مانده اند، آنها چندین بار در گذشته مورد حملات و قتل عام های نژادپرستان قرار گرفته اند. هدف از بوجود آوردن این وحدت رفع مشکلات اجتماعی، سیاسی، اقتصادی و همکاریهای فرهنگی در میان مردم تورکتبار است

تلاش و زحمات رهبران و فرهنگیانی که در این راه کار کرده اند قابل قدر است، اما از آغاز این حرکت تا امروز پیشرفت و یا تغییر بزرگی بدست نیامده است. به عقیده ی من پیشرفت های کوچکی که در این راه حاصل شده است محدود بوده اند

برای رسیدن به اهداف بزرگ باید در صدد شناسایی و بدست آرودن اهداف کوچکتر باشیم تا راه برای رسیدن به هدف اصلی ساده تر گردد. داشتن محافل مشترک فرهنگی و همکاریهای سیاسی در سطح یک کشور میتواند آغاز این راه باشد. اقلیتهای تورکتبار از این طریق میتوانند فرهنگ خود را حفظ کنند و رشد دهند و از مشکلات همدیگر هم باخبر باشند





For the followers of Baba

13 03 2010

Dear readers, this year, like previous years, the Hazaras of Sydney gathered to commemorate Baba Mazari’s martyrdom (on the 13th of March). I will soon write a report of this event with pictures and post it on this blog. The following is a speech written by me which was presented in this commemoration.

Besmellahe Rahmaane Rahim!

Respected guests, ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to thank you all for your presence in tonight’s event. Tonight we have gathered to commemorate a very unique and special day in our history. We have not gathered here to become sad and take nothing home with us but grief. The aim for this commemoration is far from spreading sadness or becoming sad. Its aim is rather to understand the reasons, the causes and the meaning of what happened in that day. So let’s use this as an opportunity for a wake up call and as a way to raise awareness about a people who belong to a history that experienced the worst atrocities that we can possibly think of.

Each year, throughout the world, the Hazara people come together on this day to remember a person by the name of Abdul Ali Mazari, who rose from this harsh and forgotten history. I believe that it would be impossible to understand or define his personality and vision without having a thorough knowledge about his people’s past. Abdul Ali Mazari rose from a history which is full of devastations, full of mothers crying for their dead and injured children, and those hungry orphans on the streets of Hazaristan.

When he was in Bamiyan, he was the leader of a political party, but after the fall of the communist regime when he moved to Kabul, he became the leader of a people. He became the leader of the Hazaras, that portion of the Afghan society that had been forcefully kept deprived of their basic rights as citizens of Afghanistan. His followers were the remnants of those who were tortured, oppressed and massacred throughout the last three hundred years in Afghanistan. His followers were the people whose 62% of their population was massacred in the 1880’s and 1890’s by Abdur Rahman.

His voice was louder than anyone in saying that ‘being a Hazara is not a crime’, and he fought for his people’s rights. He created an atmosphere where all Hazaras started forming one unity. Those Hazaras of Northern Afghanistan, who had to cover their Hazara identity in order to survive, were given the opportunity to remove the fake identity that centuries of oppression had forced them to use and once again return to their true identity. He was given the title of “Baba”, which means “father” or a “leader”.

Through Baba’s successful leadership and the strong bond that was created between him and his people, he was able to unite all Hazaras regardless of what they believed in. His followers are not just the Shia Hazaras, but there are also Sunni, Ismaili and even Communist Hazaras who proudly call themselves children and followers of Baba Mazari.

Baba Mazari believed that the first step to peace and prosperity is education. He felt the need for education as the key to solve many fundamental problems in Afghanistan. An educated society can come up with positive changes to eliminate their problems. He introduced new ideas to achieve a long lasting peace for Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, due to the allocated time limit, I am not able to talk about the political and social reforms that he introduced. However, to get a rough idea about Baba Mazari’s broad vision and his thoughts it would be helpful to go through the sentences in his speeches which were formed by words such as ‘justice’ ‘equality’, ‘brotherhood’ and ‘peace’.

Baba Mazari dreamed about a government where there is equal power sharing and equal rights among all the ethnic groups that reside in Afghanistan. But quite sadly, he was left alone as there were not many who appreciated what he was after. He constantly criticised and opposed those who encouraged war and those who ignored religious and cultural tolerance and acceptance. He believed that the initial step in achieving a long lasting peace in Afghanistan is for all the ethnicities that form the Afghan society to accept and tolerate each other.

Ladies and gentlemen, fifteen years ago, Baba Mazari became the first leader in Afghanistan to be assassinated by the barbaric regime of the Taliban. It was a great loss that can never be replaced. However, that was just the commencement of the movement and the vision that Baba started. We all know that he could ignore some of the principles that his thoughts and actions were based on in order to convince himself to run and survive. But to him such a life would have been meaningless. He was bound to his principles until his last breath.

Tonight we are commemorating the day when he sacrificed his life by fighting till the last drop of his blood to protect us and to defend our rights. Baba let the unheard cries of the people of Hazarstan reach those who were willing to listen. He felt all the oppressions and hardships that our people had gone through in the past few hundred years.

Baba Mazari has left us a great responsibility, a responsibility that requires hard work, patience and courage to continue his path and to keep his mission alive. As the new generation we will continue to participate and playing our individual roles in taking positive steps towards a bright future while remembering who we are and the history that we belong to.

Years of war and conflicts in our country has scattered us all around the globe. Looking back in the past, despite all these difficulties and obstacles, I can proudly point out the fact that our people have always been productive, creative and respectful members of any society that they have become part of.

There are many of us, who are living outside Afghanistan, and some of us are lucky to be in countries such as Australia, where there is a fair go for everyone and everyone is treated with equality. However, we cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that the majority of our people are still living in Afghanistan. They are still suffering and they are in need for our support. It is our responsibility to let their voices be heard through us.

Acting according to Baba Mazari’s teachings will allow us to unite our individual efforts and achieve something bigger, something more meaningful and valuable, or in other words, valuing the struggles and the efforts that our ancestors put into creating a better future for us.

Baba Mazari’s name has become a symbol of unity and brotherhood amongst us. When we hear his name, it reminds us of the three hundred years of struggles by our ancestors for a better future for the coming generations. A future where being a Hazara is not seen as a crime, a future where a Hazara person can plan his or her future without fear and without discrimination.

Today, Baba Mazari has become part of who we are, he has become part of our identity. His appearance in our history is certainly a valuable gift for us. He brought us ‘hope’ and the only source that fuels our enthusiasm and our passion to continue his path is for this ‘hope’.

Thank you for your attention.





A brief post about Hazaras of Baghlan and Samangan

12 11 2009

Baghlan DistrictsBaghlan is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It is of great significance to Hazara history and unity. It has shown capabilities in unifying local Hazaras regardless of whether they are Sunni or Shia in good and bad times. There are also Hazaras in Qundoz (e.g. Khaan Abaad Hazaras), Balkh, Badakhshan and Takhar, but this post is mainly about Hazaras in Baghlan and Samangan.

Baghlan is home to many Hazara tribes. Many people outside still remain unaware of their existence as there is very limited information available about them. The most inaccurate statement that I have come across on the net is the assumption that they are Tajiks. Their Hazaragi dialect and their ethnic identity are not considered in this assumption. They base this assumption on the idea that ‘Hazaras are Shia and those who are Sunni have to be Tajik’.

Yurt in Northern AfghanistanTo gather first hand and reliable information will require a proper visit to their communities and villages. One of the reasons why they have been kept isolated is their location. Their villages are scattered throughout the province and are hard to get to. A number of these Hazara tribes, specially the ones living along the Hindu Kush mountain ranges are semi-nomadic. They usually have their traditional yurts built next to their muddy houses. The old photograph on the left shows the semi-nomadic lifestyle in Northern and parts of Central Afghanistan.

They speak Hazaragi and they still have their old Hazaragi tribal names. Some of these tribe names are:

  • Qalugh / Qarluq
  • Orta Balaaq
  • Kara Mali
  • Naiman
  • Nikpai
  • Aymaq Hazaras
  • Abaga

They have left us many inspiring lessons of bravery and sacrifice, specially when it comes to standing up for our rights, freedom and defending our lands.

Dar-e-Suf is an area that covers two districts in Samangan province, located west of Baghlan. While the Taliban were at the peak of their power and almost all of the country was under their control, this place remained the only place in the region where Taliban failed to take over until the end when they were overthrown. Hazaras of Dar-e-Suf were surrounded for the whole period when the Taliban were in power. They had no support and communication with the rest as all the other districts and provinces surrounding it were controlled by the Taliban. Yet they resisted with courage and sacrifice and left an inspiring story for future generations.

Soviets experienced a great challenge in these territories before they were defeated. They were led by Haji Shaykh Dawlat Rafe’i of Dand-e-Ghuri in Pol-e-Khomri (capital of Baghlan), Aamer Abullai of Nahrin District and Commander Baaz Mohammad Khaan of Tala Wo Barfak District. Peace be upon them.





Naiman Hazaras

16 10 2009

Naiman Hazaras constitute a large portion of Hazara population in Afghanistan. Like many other Hazaras, they are Sunni, Shia and they also have considerable number of Ismailies among them. They live mainly in Shekhali region of Hazaristan, as well as Baghlan province in Northern Afghanistan. Other independent Naimans live outside Afghanistan mainly in Central Asian countries, such as Kazakhstan (1), Uzbekistan and Mongolia (2).

Shekhali is not a tribe, it’s an area. Hazaras living in Shekhali are mainly Naimans. However, they have formed smaller clans to organise themselves such as Naimo, Karamali etc. In Hazaragi, we tend to pronounce a word which ends with an “aan” as just “o”, e.g. Bamiyan = Bamiyo or Jaan = Jo etc. Therefore, “Naimo” stands for the name Naiman.

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(1) The Kazakhs, Second Edition – By: Martha Brill Olcot

(2) Wapedia – ( http://wapedia.mobi/en/Naymans )





The Outsiders

29 09 2009

“Set apart by geography and beliefs, oppressed by the Taliban, the Hazara people could be Afghanistan’s best hope.”
 
By phil Zabriskie