Azaranica is a non-biased news aggregator on Hazaras. The main aim is to promote understanding and respect for cultural identities by highlighting the realities they face on daily basis...Hazaras have been the victim of active persecution and discrimination and one of the reasons among many has been the lack of information, awareness, and disinformation.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Signs no deterrent to desperate Hazaras

From:The Australian
July 26, 2012 12:00AM

FOR two years Hazaras in Pakistan have had a daily reminder of the perils of travelling to Australia by boat.

Lurid billboards plastered around the shopping districts of the border town of Quetta carry dark warnings of death at sea and the hostile reception that awaits anyone reckless enough to try.

But with boat arrivals at record levels, messages sponsored by Canberra in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka have had little discernible impact.

Boats arrivals are averaging one daily and many of their passengers are from Quetta.

Now, whether by coincidence or design, Altaf Hussain Zafdari's latest low-budget telemovie on the perils Hazaras face trying to reach Australia by boat aligns perfectly with Canberra's long-running campaign to dissuade the persecuted Shia Muslim community from seeking asylum.

The Message, or Mangee in Hazara language, which follows the ultimately doomed passage of Taimoor from his parents' home in Quetta has already aired on local and Afghan television and been released on YouTube....Continue Reading.....

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