What price freedom? A Hazara refugee reflects on the sacrifices needed to feel safe

By Edith Bevin

Najibeh Jafari fled Afghanistan as a refugee, but it was in Tasmania that she was forced to abandon an important part of her religion and culture to protect herself from persecution.

Who are the Hazara?
Hazara people are predominantly Shiite Muslims, speaking dialects of Persian
Their presence in Afghanistan has been known since the beginning of the Mughal dynasty in the 16th century
Since the 1890s they have faced significant marginalisation, persecution, and displacement by the Afghan state

Ms Jafari was brought to Hobart by the United Nations as a refugee about 14 years ago.

Her people — the Hazara community — …read more

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