Issue Brief

Targeted and Forgotten: The Hazara Shia Community's Struggle in Afghanistan

May 26, 2023

The Hazara Shia community has endured widespread discrimination and systematic sectarian violence since the establishment of modern Afghanistan in 1747. A long history of persecution endured by the Hazara community and their status as a vulnerable ethnic group over centuries in Afghanistan is now part of Central Asia’s folklore. The Hazaras have suffered from centuries of discrimination, violence, and systemic oppression, ranging from historical atrocities under the rule of Amir Abdul Rahman to targeted attacks by the Taliban and the Islamic State of Khorasan Province. This Issue Brief examines the extent of marginalization faced by the Hazara Shia community in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.

The views expressed in this article are personal.

Picture: Source: REUTERS/Jorge Silva/ Hazara Cemetery in Kabul, Afghanistan October 20, 2021.

Author Note
SPANDANA BHURA, Research Intern, Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict, New Delhi (December 2022- January 2023). She is pursuing a bachelor's degree at the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities (OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana.