Article in the National Geographic about the Hazaras of Afghanistan

National Geographic magazine has dedicated this month’s feature to a comprehensive article about the Hazaras of Afghanistan by Phil Zabriskie. Here is the link.

cover hazaras NGM

I have not read the article yet, but am a little skeptical about the title: “The Outsiders: Afghanistan’s Hazaras.” I hope Mr. Zabriskie has taken his time to do justice to the subject matter and study well the Hazaras and the many complexities that they offer for serious scholars, anthropologists and political scientists, and that the title is not too telling of the content.
The article devotes a good many paragraphs on how the Hazaras fared under the Taliban -a serious topic which has not been explored in ample detail yet- and how they have fared since.
The article also features Steve McCurry, back in Afghanistan with his camera and deliverying a delightful series of photos. (The reader would recognize McCurry as the photographer responsible for those famously haunting eyes of Sharbat Gula, a photograph titled simply “Afghan Girl” that was named the most recognized photo in the history of National Geographic magazine.)
Maybe I will do a post on the article once I have read it.

14 Responses to Article in the National Geographic about the Hazaras of Afghanistan

  1. Wolf Cub Chronicler says:

    The article is actually quite decent… Admittedly the bar for writing on or about Hazaras is set quite low: between the horrors of Kabul Express and THAT other cash cow of an offense to good taste anything will go down as good.

    So I will reiterate: this article is good and get the hard copy while you are at it.

  2. j says:

    yes i agree WCC, unlike Kabul Express and some other shameful publications, this one reflects some of the truth about Hazaras. it is a good one actually.

  3. soroush says:

    i got and i am going to print to read. thanks

  4. rahmani says:

    Well I thiknk this is the best article I have read about Hazaras and the most real one. It is great that a western researcher reflects the real events happening on the ground.

    Good to hear it. I am really thankful to paul for his nice work. Hazaras are the most deprived ethnicity in afghanistan, but they are the most telanted people and should be invested on them.

  5. این روز ها در هرات چشم هاي گريان کودکان محروم، چشم به راه دستهاي نوازشگري است که همواره به بهانه اي، “مهرباني” را بين خود و همنوع خود تقسيم مي کنند.
    خانه ها در هرات طاقت فرسا و چراغ این خانه ها کور و مطبخ آنان معمولاً سرد است.
    با آنکه دلم نمی خواست شما نیز شریک این اندوه و این درد شوید.

    فیلم ها و عکس های از سرما زده گان هرات در شفاخانه ی این شهر را در اختیارتان می گذارم.

  6. Shaharzad Akbar says:

    مقاله جالبی بود و نستبا امیدوار کننده. خوشحالم که این مسئله در نشریات بین المللی انعکاس می یابد.. اما به نظر من چند این مقاله چند کاستی عمده دارد: ادعاها در مورد مغول نژاد بودن هزاره ها را نویسنده بسیار سرسری مطرح کرده و به طور ضمنی قبول کرده است.. برای من دشوار است این ادعا را کاملا بپذیرم. حس می کنم “بیرونی” خواندن هزاره ها سیاستی بوده برای توجیه تبعیض ها علیه شان و زیاد ریشه علمی ندارد، اما ممکن است اشتباه کرده باشم..
    نویسنده به مشکلات هزاره ها در زمان طالبان تمرکز می کند و کمتر به ریشه های تاریخی و گستردگی تعصب علیه این قوم در میان همه اقوام دیگر افغانستان می پردازد
    خلاصه اینکه مقاله بسیار ساده شده و سیاسی بود.. کاش کار اساسی در این مورد صورت می گرفت و نشر می شد.. به خاطر دارم یک بار شما نظریه های نژادی در مورد هزاره ها را به بررسی گرفته بودید.. امیدوارم مطالعات خود را دوام بدهید و یک کار اساسی در این مورد انجام بگیرد

  7. Beja says:

    I think the title is meaningful in the context that it is speaking about Hazara people within Afghanistan who are natural citizens of Afghanistan but simply stereotyped and on the fringe when it comes to the mainstream of Pashtun people. I mean, it may be stereotypical to say that Hazaras are “on the outside” but there is some truth to it, isn’t there? They’re not particularly liked by the Sunni religious, and they’re not especially respected as they’re thought to be a different race from Pashtuns? I’m questioning this myself because there’s really not a set way to measure their “outsideness” but from what I’ve heard, read, seen it seems so.

    At the same time, I’m so happy to see that a group of people with such a disparaging and violent history, targeted by Taliban and almost ethnically cleansed you’d think they would be completely broken down by now but not.

    The pictures of the kids in the classroom, that’s amazing. Imagine, if all this money that’s going into there if there was more of it channeled towards the schools and education and jobs these kids will change the face of Afghanistan for ever. Hazara or not, does not matter. What matters is their forward thinking, and their desire for better opportunities.

    That’s what I want to support; education. I can just imagine, with a teacher’s salary of only about 65-100 a month that’s NOTHING compared to what you’d get in return…bright kids with the tools they need to change their future.

  8. belal khaliq says:

    I’m so happy that some western researcher is going in the area where the real story is that the world dosn’t know much . thank U phil

  9. zaki says:

    hi Javid, hope u are doing well. It has been a while u havn’t update ur blog. Please uppload it as soon as u can. please do a post on this article if u can. thanks

  10. himjuli says:

    It has been a while, you should come back to blogosphere..

  11. […] this month??s feature to a comprehensive article about the Hazaras of Afghanistan by Phil ……World Heritage Destinations Rated National Geographic Traveler… article as it was published in the […]

  12. rr says:

    I read the National Geographic article, and then spent three days browsing the web to learn about Hazaras, whose great resiliency, sincerity, authentic knowledge of the breadth of human experience, and reserves of optimism earn my respect. More recently, my reading of The Kite Runner raised my awareness more to the cultural stamina of the Hazaras. I am humbled by my increased understanding of the struggles of Hazaras. I also find photos of Hazarajat or Hazaristan compelling and beautiful. Maybe some day I can see it for myself. I, too, loved the pic of the guys in the classroom in the NG article. The complete transparency of their eagerness to understand gave me a deep longing for their success. I just wanted you to know that I, as a westerner, am grateful for this article.

  13. Quality posts is the main to be a focus for the visitors to pay a
    visit the site, that’s what this website is providing.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: