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Hazaras: Afghanistan’s Outsiders

This post is inspired by a commenter who added some insight to a post about the destruction of the Buddha statues in Afghanistan by the Taliban. A major motive may have been ethnic reprisals.

“At the heart of Afghanistan is an empty space, a striking absence, where the larger of the colossal Bamian Buddhas once stood.
Hazaras, residents of an isolated region in Afghanistan’s central highlands known as Hazarajat—their heartland, if not entirely by choice. Accounting for up to one-fifth of Afghanistan’s population, Hazaras have long been branded outsiders. They are largely Shiite Muslims in an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim country. They have a reputation for industriousness yet work the least desirable jobs. Their Asian features—narrow eyes, flat noses, broad cheeks—have set them apart in a de facto lower caste, reminded so often of their inferiority that some accept it as truth.”
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Hazarajat Map

Hazarajat Region Shown Within Afghanistan

Hazaras

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