Katib School in West Kabul ‘classic example’ of Afghan Government’s Institutional Discrimination against Hazaras

West Kabul, April 11, 2017 | 

Video courtesy: ToloNews

Laisa (School) Faiz Mohammad Katib was established in 2008 in Hazara inhabited Dasht-e Barchi in West Kabul – the capital of Afghanistan. A school with nothing — no class rooms, shelters, boundary walls, chairs or rugs, drinking water, or anything — that would fit the definition of a ‘school.’

The students in this ‘school’ come for study in ‘open air’ during frigid Kabul temperatures (snow can be seen on the mountain in the background). Video shows several students complaining of health issues from cold and flu to various forms of contagious diseases. Last year, 3000 out of 12,000 students in this ‘school’ fell ill to contagious disease like Saal Daana — aka Leishmaniasis, caused by the bites of ‘sand fly’ that lives in the crevices of rocks.

Residents tell ToloNews, the Afghan Government allocated this land for School along with the promise to build it. Since, they have not heard anything from the Afghan Government.

It is important to remember that since 2001, the Afghan Government has received upwards of $117 billion dollars in foreign aid. Not 1% of $117B can be shown to have been spent in Hazaristan or Hazara-dwelling areas in Afghanistan. This school captures the essence of the word (تبعیض) — Institutional Racism — displayed on protest playcards in every Hazara protest across Afghanistan and the globe.

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