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Bamiyan, Afghanistan, 2007

These two women mourning at a grave in central Afghanistan, belong to the Hazara community. The Hazara people are divided between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and they can trace their roots back to Genghis Khan. The Hazaras live in central Afghanistan and they were persecuted by the Taliban because they belong to the Shia branch of Islam. The Taliban consider them heretics and went into their area, killed them, burnt their homes and villages, and destroyed those beautiful Buddhists of Bamiyan. Thousands of Hazaras have been killed, and people often go to the cemeteries to mourn their loved ones who were killed during the time of the Taliban.

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