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  • Writer's pictureMeredith Festa

Who are the Hazara people?

Why are they targeted?

#Afghanistan is a country of many ethnic groups. There is no dominant ethnic group which is a source of political turmoil. The #Hazara people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Afghanistan, making up about 20-30% of the population. The group mostly follows Shia Islam, with some that are Sunni, Ismaili, and Syed.

The Hazaras themselves have a diverse ancestry, descending from #Turkic, #Iranian, and #Mongolian. As an ethnically mixed group, they stand out for their Asian features, similar to #Uzbek and Turkic ethnic groups. As a result of the Hazaras’ racial #diversity and #religious beliefs, they are the most persecuted #ethnic group in Afghanistan. However, discrimination stems beyond just race and religion.

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