Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Attacks against the Hazara of Afghanistan

Live-blogging is a means of publicizing events that the mainstream media does not cover. Although Afghanistan has received a lot of press coverage, the suffering of Afghanistan's Hazara minority under the Taliban was largely ignored, and members of this six-million strong Afghan minority continuee to be oppressed.

Fortunately, Frontline blogger Alex Strick van Linschoten is there live, updating us on this little-known but severe humanitarian issue from Afghanistan. Van Linschoten bogs:
The story is so small and on such a local level that nobody is particularly interested. With an ever-growing insurgency, are international readers really interested in a conflict within the conflict, in which there are no international actors, nor anyone the ‘international community’ need particularly pay heed to… Even within Afghanistan, it doesn’t merit any attention from local journalists. This is undoubtedly on account of ethnic biases against the purported ‘victims’, the Hazaras.
Alex Strick van Linschoten, Behsud: Kuchi atrocities? From the Frontline (text, photos)

The Hazara People, Wikipedia

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