STAND Canada’s statement on the recent atrocities committed against the Hazara community in Kabul. 

STAND Canada is aware of the recent atrocities committed against the Hazara community in Kabul, Afghanistan. Made up of predominantly Shia Muslims, the Hazara ethinic group has historically been the target of various terrorist groups including ISIS and the Taliban. They have faced persecution numerous times in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

The recent bombing outside a school on Saturday, May 8 in the Hazara neighborhood Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul in Afghanistan killed at least 85 people, most of whom were young girls and students between 13 and 18 years old. Some of the 147 wounded survivors have said that the bombs were timed to go off as the girls left school for the day.

Up until now international forces in the area have served as a calming and protective presence for the Hazara minority given their distrust of the government and the Taliban. However, their recent withdrawal from the area and the school bombing have led to increased tensions and fear in the Hazara community that the massacre is just the beginning of a new period of persecution for the minority group.

The Afghan government has blamed the Taliban for the attack however the Taliban has denied any involvement. No one has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the attack as of yet.

STAND Canada (formerly STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur)) advocates to make preventing and ending genocide a cornerstone of Canadian domestic and foreign policy. Since it was founded in 2005, STAND has become the leading organization in Canada for youth-led anti-genocide activism.

STAND Canada denounces the perpetrators of this attack and will continue to monitor the situation in Afghanistan.

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/05/09/kabul-school-attack-girls/

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/09/world/europe/afghanistan-school-attack-hazaras.html

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/5/10/afghan_school_attack_us_withdrawal

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