Akayona Chapter 119 Thoughts

So, let’s all sit back and admire the way Kusanagi ratcheted the tension way up in this chapter.

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I mean, the way she cut back and forth between the groups was expertly done. (In fact, I wonder if she’s approaching the chapter composition with a little bit of animation composition in mind. Can’t you all just see this as an anime episode?)

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what often breaks my heart is the thought of all the muslims in third world countries who will have to fast this year. imagining the parents starving themselves bc they have to feed their children. then imagine the families that do not make it to eid. i think about this and am so grateful for everything i have.

please remember these people in your duaas

Thousands of Afghans share Hazara victims photos in Kabul, protesting for increased security 

Demanding more protection from their government regardless of ethnicity, Afghan people are unifying against the Taliban, in what is the largest protest in the last 15 years. Their outrage comes after 7 ethnic Hazara minorities were beheaded amongst conflict between rival Taliban groups east of the capital, Kabul. The victims include a 9-year-old girl, two women, and two boys. Although the Hazaras in Afghanistan have long been victim to ethnically based hate, this incident has raised a new concern within the government that more extremist factions have migrated from Pakistan, where hate crimes against the Hazaras have been considerably worse in recent history.

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Everyday life in Kandahar province of Afghanistan. Kandahar (كندهار) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, located in the southern part of the country next to #Pakistan.
The province contains about 18 districts, over 1,000 villages, which is mostly tribal and a rural society. The main inhabitants of Kandahar province are the native ethnic #Pashtuns, although smaller communities of #Tajiks, #Hazaras, #Uzbeks and #Baloch are also found in parts of the city of Kandahar. #Kandahar #Afghanistan Photo by Waseem Aly @waseem.aly for @everydayafg #EverydayKandahar #EverydayAfghanistan #EverydayAsia #EverydayEveryWhere
تصويرى از زندگى روزانه مردم در شهر كندهار. كندهار كه از جمله ٣٤ ولايت افغانستان مى باشد، در قسمت جنوبى كشور و مرز پاكستان موقيعت دارد. ولايت نامبرده داراى ١٨ ولسوالى و تقريباًً ١٠٠٠ قريه است كه بيشترين آنرا اقوام پشتون و در حدودى تاجك، ازبك، هزاره و بلوچ تشكيل مى دهد. #كندهار #افغانستان عكاس: وسيم على (at Kandahar, Afghanistan)

KABUL — The last time Ramzan Ali saw his 9-year-old daughter alive was the day he put her in a van, along with her aunt and five other people from their Afghan village. They were headed for the Pakistani city of Quetta, where the little girl, Shukria, was going to spend time with her ailing grandmother.

The next time Ali saw his daughter, in mid-November, she was lying in a coffin with her severed head stitched jaggedly back onto her neck. She and the other passengers, all ethnic Hazaras from Ghazni province, had been abducted on the highway by Taliban insurgents, held captive for 27 days and then beheaded.

“She was the smartest girl in her class,” Ali, a farmer who walks with crutches, recalled in a recent interview. After spending years in Pakistan as war refugees, he and his family had returned home in 2012 to work their land again. “When I hurt my leg, Shukria told me she was going to become a doctor and fix it,” he said… 

But the gruesome beheading of the third-grader, whose battered image raced across Afghan social media, crystallized a sense of grievance among Hazaras and sparked the largest protest Kabul has seen since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001. On Nov. 10, chanting crowds carried the seven coffins across the capital, demanding that the government provide better security for Hazara regions and the highways linking them to Kabul and other cities.


Voice for Hazaras Laments Lost Chances in Afghanistan’s Tumult

By David Jolly, NY Times, Jan. 22, 2016

KABUL, Afghanistan–AFTER his return to Afghanistan from exile, in 1986, Azizullah Royesh immediately became a tireless advocate of education as a bridge over the divisions that have made his country a battleground for decades.

Mr. Royesh has been hailed at home and internationally for his work at Marefat High School, his innovative school where girls make up almost half of the student population. He champions schooling as a way into the professional and governing class for Afghan minorities–and particularly for his fellow Hazaras, a mostly Shiite ethnic minority that suffered heavily under the Taliban regime.

But on a recent chilly day, sitting in his office at the school, Mr. Royesh had the resumed persecution of his people on his mind. The man who found his calling after returning to Afghanistan was reluctantly admitting that he understood the fear driving tens of thousands of Hazaras–and many other Afghans–to flee the country.

“The Hazaras feel themselves defenseless against the threat facing them,” Mr. Royesh said, pointing to the recent beheadings in the southern province of Zabul of seven Shiite Hazaras, including a 9-year-old girl, by militants linked to the Islamic State. In many other places, the Taliban, the Hazaras’ old nemesis, are resurgent, gaining territory by the week.

“The government is not in control of anything,” added Mr. Royesh, 46. “Others feel the same fear, but the Hazaras aren’t protected by anyone. The only way out is to flee the country.”

For Afghans who lived through so many phases of conflict–the Soviet invasion, a civil war, the Taliban government–the insurgency’s vast territorial gains over the past year, along with the rise of the Islamic State, have felt like the resumption of an old nightmare.

Musing on how it all came to this, after years of hope for a new way, Mr. Royesh expressed regret and anger over missed opportunities.

“The new Afghanistan needed a new system of values, and that couldn’t be achieved without an education to instill democratic ideals,” Mr. Royesh said. “If, in 2001 and 2002, we had focused on a revised education system based on democracy and human rights, we’d have a completely different context here today.”

“We now have literate people, we have educated people,” he added. “But very few of them are really equipped with a democratic mind-set. Civic education was the missing link.”

Massive protest in Kabul over decapitation of Hazaras

Massive protest in Kabul over decapitation of Hazaras

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Marchers carried pictures of the victims, including two women and one child — a girl, whose coffin was carried by grieving women.

Thousands of protesters marched coffins containing the decapitated bodies of seven Shiite Hazaras through the Afghan capital Kabul Wednesday to demand justice for the gruesome beheadings, which the United Nations say may be considered a war crime.


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Everyone I’ve ever met along the way has stayed in my heart… I took this in Bamian, Afghanistan 2004 with my mom and sister @yasminezara. That day is one of the best memories of my life. So many beautiful children following us down a dirt road… This girl was playing on an old car with lots of other kids 🌟🐫🐏🐐👧🏽

How do you measure joy and wonder ? I’ll never re create this experience again. If all of my wildest dreams come true in my lifetime, this day will always have only happened once… #Afghanistaninmyheart #inspirepeace #afghanistan #hazaras #bamian

محترم خان صاحب

محترم جناب عمران خان صاحب،
میں آپکی بحیثیت کرکٹر شاندار صلاحیتوں کا قائل، مگر آپکے گمراہ کُن اور غلط سیاسی پالیسیوں سے نالاں ایک پاکستانی نوجوان ہوں۔ میری نظر میں آپ نہایت گمراہ کُن حد تک غلط معلومات کے سہارے اپنی زاتی اور پارٹی پالیسی بنانے والے ایک نوسکھیئے سیاستدان اور بیوقوفانہ حد تک پیچیدہ شخصیت کے مالک ہے۔

مملکتِ خداداد میں سرمایہ دارانہ نظام کی عفریتیں، مہنگائی، بیروزگاری، صحت کی سہولتوں…

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Nineteen kidnapped Afghans released, 12 more could be freed soon

Nineteen kidnapped Afghans released, 12 more could be freed soon

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at the Presidential palace in Kabul on May 11, 2015.

Nineteen Afghan men from among 31 kidnapped by gunmen from a bus in February were freed on Monday by their captors, and the rest could be released soon, officials said.

The men are Hazaras, members of a largely Shi’ite Muslim ethnic minority persecuted under the Taliban movement’s…

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