Hazara persecution in Afghanistan worsens under Taliban rule

September 30, 2021

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An Afghan woman weeps as she holds a poster during a rally outside the building that houses UNHCR representative office in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

An Afghan woman weeps as she holds a poster during a rally outside the building that houses the UNHCR representative office in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 24, 2021. Hundreds of Afghan refugees who live in Indonesia are mostly members of Afghanistan's Hazara ethnic minority. 

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Members of the Hazara ethnic group in Afghanistan have faced discrimination and violent attacks for a long time. Under the new reality of Taliban rule, things appear to be getting worse. And, for the first time, on Sept. 30, Canada will recognize a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation to honor the thousands of students who died at residential schools for Indigenous children between 1883 and 1996. Also, French wine growers will have a tough harvest this fall and a late frost destroyed much of their crops this past spring. But some are trying to adapt to climate change by trying to make their grapes more resistant to heat and drought. 

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