Interview

Memories of a Wandering Soul in Kabul

Memories of a Wandering Soul in Kabul By Amin Wahidi From the time being I am floating very lightly in the air and wandering freely everywhere, I have a much clearer view of the earth and the things on it…

Hazara people are very talented, hardworking and resilient, if the opportunity is available to them, they can succeed and thrive

Hazara people are very talented, hardworking and resilient, if the opportunity is available to them, they can succeed and thrive

I want to be a role model for Hazara people and let people of the world know who we are and how much we have suffered.

I want to be a role model for Hazara people and let people of the world know who we are and how much we have suffered

From the day I entered school, because I was one of few Hazara, I faced consistent discrimination.

Fatima, 67 When armed extremists entered her Hazara community, Fatima had to leave with only two of her children. Separated from the rest of her family, they went from house to house, living in other people’s homes out of one…

We share our stories but we want to know how our stories will help our situation.

Hassan*, 64 It was while Afghanistan was still under communist rule in the 1970s and 1980s that Hassan first feared for his safety. His uncle and cousin were captured by the regime – even today, he is still unsure of…

Hazaras are talented. This pain helped us to grow…we are not what they think.

Nasrin, 30 Nasrin’s family fled to Iran in the 1980s following persecution in Afghanistan. As a refugee, Nasrin faced regular harassment. “Hazara people are distinguished based on their appearance, so we get targeted a lot,” Nasrin explains. She notes that…

I had to make a decision to go to jail, die, or leave Afghanistan.

Mirza*, 35 For decades, Hazaras faced laws and rules that dictated their livelihoods. For Mirza*, he knew this struggle too well. “We couldn’t get an education, couldn’t get a better life,” he says. Mirza grew up in Pakistan, but in…

I hope to give more opportunities to those who don’t have the opportunity to be Canadian. To make this beautiful home their home too.

I hope to give more opportunities to those who don’t have the opportunity to be Canadian. To make this beautiful home their home too

They took my father-in-law, son-in-law, cousins, children, and me.

They took my father-in-law, son-in-law, cousins, children, and me

Since I came to Canada, I have connected with everyone. It’s beautiful, you feel safe. No one judges you based on how you look. It makes you feel strong, like you belong to everyone. I wish we had the same thing back in Afghanistan.

Since I came to Canada, I have connected with everyone. It’s beautiful, you feel safe. No one judges you based on how you look. It makes you feel strong, like you belong to everyone. I wish we had the same thing back in Afghanistan

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