A suicide bomber struck an education center in a Hazras area of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing 31 people and wounding over 50, including teenagers who were taking practice entry exams for university.
@Kaaj Academy before and after the attack. Crammed with eager students waiting to take their practice exams, full of hope for a brighter future. A reminder that #Afghanistan’s future depends on stopping international crimes, holding perpetrators to account, and #educating youth 2/2
The images, names, and ages of the confirmed killed show how their family can barry their losses?
The morning explosion at the center took place in Kabul’s Dashti Barchi neighborhood, an area populated mostly by ethnic Hazaras, who belong to Afghanistan’s minority Shiite community. The Islamic State group has carried out repeated, horrific attacks on schools, hospitals, and mosques in Dashti Barchi and other Shiite areas in recent years.
Around 300 recent high school graduates, boys and girls had come to the Kaaj Higher Educational Center at 6:30 a.m. to take practice exams, said one survivor, 19-year-old Shafi Akbary.
All victims of such terrorist crimes are entitled to be treated with respect, and the International delegation should take action to stop attacks on Hazaras. All the Hazara victims are entitled to considerate, professional, and non-discriminatory treatment adapted to the individual in question.
As the Hazaras requested many times, the international community and the UN must be recognizing victims’ legal status and their human rights. These crimes are against their ethnicity, their beliefs, and their beloved children, it’s genocide by the legal status and their human rights.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Islamic State group, the chief rival of the Taliban, has been waging a campaign of violence that has intensified since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August 2021.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Islamic State group and Taliban top leaders are behind such devastating human rights crimes. Afghanistan’s Hazaras, who are mostly Shiite Muslims, have been a frequent target of the violence.
-In Dashti Barchi, IS carried out a 2020 attack on a maternity hospital that killed 24 people, including newborn babies and mothers…
-An attack on a school in 2021 that killed more than 90, mostly schoolgirls, the Taliban and IS carried out the barbaric attack…
-Hazaras neighborhood sees frequent bombings of minibusses and, earlier this year, a school and another education center were hit near simultaneously, with many losses…
-United Nations and the concerned states have a duty to investigate and prosecute those responsible for such heinous crimes, as the Hazara victims are entitled to considerate, professional, and non-discriminatory treatment adapted to the individual in question.
Amnesty International’s South Asia campaigner, Samira Hamidi, said Friday’s attack showed the “utter failure of the Taliban, as de-facto authorities, to protect the people of Afghanistan.
She said the Taliban have taken few measures to protect the public, especially Shiites and Hazaras “Instead, their actions of omission and commission have only further aggravated the risk to the lives of the people of Afghanistan, especially those belonging to ethnic and minority communities,” she said.
Quote Tweeted by @ShaharzadAkbar: Carnage. Continued targeting of Hazaras in Afghanistan. The targeted attacks on Hazaras have been killing civilians, students, mothers, and unborn children for years. The former gov failed to provide protection & accountability. So are the Taliban. #Afghanistan
Dr. Mohammad Amin Ahmadi 1/4_The systematic killing of child Hazara students continues. Today, another education center for Hazaras people in Kabul was blasted by a suicide attack. It is one of the longest systematic attacks against the children of the Hazara people. In reality, it is flowing systematic killing of these people. As the human right reporter mentioned, the current situation in Afghanistan under the Taliban sovereignty has produced religious and racial hate against Hazara by some religious centers and the Taliban.
The U.S. chargé d’affaires for Afghanistan, Karen Decker, condemned Friday’s attack in a tweet.
“Targeting a room full of students taking exams is shameful; all students should be able to pursue an education in peace & without fear,” she said. “We hope for a swift recovery for the victims & we grieve with the families of the deceased.”
The sectarian massacres against Hazaras have taken place under successive Afghan and Pakistan governments since 2005. To all Hazara, the persistent failure of the authorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, at both the provincial and national levels to apprehend attackers or prosecute the militant groups claiming responsibility for the attacks suggests that the authorities are incompetent, indifferent, or possibly complicit in the attacks.
The Hazara recommendations to the UN and the Int, Communities, due to the lack of a proper state in Kabul, the UN are entitled and must take immediate measures to investigate and prosecute sectarian killings in Afghanistan.
Members of the British parliament: the risk of the genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan has increased, and their investigative report calls on all governments to act as members of the UN Genocide Convention to protect millennials and prevent the possible genocide of this ethnic and religious minority. Millennials have been subject to targeted attacks and discrimination for years, but in the last twenty years, they have made achievements in the field of fighting discrimination, isolation, and deprivation.
Today’s horrific attack is… a shamefaced reminder of the inaptitude and utter failure of the Taliban to protect the people of Afghanistan.
[Taliban’s] actions of omission and commission have only further aggravated the risk to the lives of the people of Afghanistan, especially those belonging to ethnic and minority communities.
Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner
By: Marziye Vafayi writer & psychologist