Happy New Year to All Hazaras arround the world

Long asylum journey ends

The West Australian

The first body came in at 10am, fished out of rough surfing waters a few kilometres north of Kuta. Two more followed - a man and a woman rotted beyond recognition.

Within an hour, a fourth corpse was discovered floating off the other side of the island, near the famous holiday beaches of Sanur.

By late afternoon, seventeen anonymous bodies had been delivered to Bali's Sanglah hospital and stored in the morgue's overflow - a shipping container outside the back of the building that once housed the victims of the Bali bombing.

This is where their long asylum journey has ended. In less than a week, stronger than usual tides have washed the bodies of victims of last Saturday's asylum seeker tragedy almost300km from Java towards the holiday playgrounds of Bali and Lombok, where oblivious tourists are preparing to celebrate Christmas.

All are adult, most are men. Despite the decomposition, they appear to be Middle Eastern.
Sanglah hospital's head of Forensic Instalation, Dr Dudut Rustyadi, said yesterday there was little doubt the bodies were from last week's tragedy.

"We suspect they're victims of the boat. The decomposition is about five days old, which is when the boat sank," he said.

On the mortuary slab yesterday, the body of a frail old man lay, his dark skin bloated and grey and wearing only his underwear.

Hospital staff, taking regular breaks to escape the smell of the bodies - made worse by the heat and humidity - took hair, nail and tooth samples.

The evidence will be kept but Dr Rustyadi conceded the bodies were unlikley to be identified or claimed.
He said they would be treated according to hospital policy - kept for three months and then cremated.

Only 47 passengers were rescued after the overloaded vessel, carrying about 250 mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers to Australia, sank early on Saturday, 40 nautical miles off eastern Java.

Saturday's capsize is believed to be the largest loss of life yet from a sinking of one of the many boats packed with Asian and Middle Eastern asylum seekers who undertake the perilous voyage to
Australia.

Asylum boat bodies float 300km, end up at Bali

Thewest Australia
Bodies from last Saturday's asylum-seeker tragedy have been found floating off the coast of Bali, almost 300km from where their boat sank.

Seventeen bodies were fished out of waters around the island's south yesterday, including Canggu, just north of Kuta, and the popular holiday spot of Sanur, where tourists were preparing to celebrate Christmas.

Sanglah Hospital's head of forensic medicine, Dudut Rustyadi, said there was little doubt the bodies were from last week's tragedy.

"We suspect they're victims of the boat," Dr Rustyadi said. "The decomposition is about five days old, which is when the boat sank."

The bodies were taken to the hospital and stored in the morgue's overflow - a shipping container outside the back of the building that once housed the victims of the Bali bombing.

Dr Rustyadi said he had been warned that victims could be washed up on Bali's beaches but was surprised they had arrived so soon, something he attributed to stronger than usual tides.

Hospital staff spent several hours collecting hair, nail and tooth samples.
The evidence will be kept but Dr Rustyadi conceded the bodies were unlikely to be identified or claimed.

Only 47 passengers were rescued after the overloaded vessel, carrying about 250 mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers to Australia, sank early last Saturday, 40 nautical miles off eastern Java.
The political impasse over asylum-seeker boat arrivals will continue into the new year after Labor and the coalition failed to find a compromise at a high-level meeting yesterday ahead of the Christmas holidays.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd met their opposition counterparts Scott Morrison and Julie Bishop for 2½ hours but could not come to an agreement on where Australia should process asylum seekers who arrive by boat.

Mr Bowen and Mr Morrison declined to reveal details of the discussions but agreed the talks were courteous and that further discussions would take place in the new year.

Before the meeting, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said the Opposition was ready to lend any assistance the Government needed to reopen Nauru. But it remained opposed to the Malaysia people swap deal on humanitarian grounds.

Asylum seekers left for dead in Indonesian boat tragedy


 THE captain and crew of a stricken fishing boat put on life jackets and swam for their lives, leaving up to 300 people to die in one of the worst disasters involving Australia-bound asylum seekers.
There were about 380 asylum seekers crammed on the boat, which capsized off the Indonesian island of Java, as refugees panicked while it rocked in 4m waves.
Survivors at a makeshift care centre at Prigi beach in East Java, Indonesia. Picture: Lukman Bintoro Source: Herald Sun
"The captain and six crew took the life vests and started swimming away," Saed Mohammad Zia, 18, of Pakistan said.
"They were all from Indonesia. We lost sight of them in the big waves and we never saw them again.

"We don't know if they were rescued."

Indonesian authorities believe up to 300 people died after the wooden boat they had crammed into broke apart in stormy seas while 78 people were rescued.

The severely overloaded vessel, stacked to more than twice its 100-person capacity, capsized 30km off Prigi beach, Java, on Saturday as refugees panicked.

"We sent out four boats and two helicopters, but so far we haven't spotted anyone else floating. It's very likely they have all drowned," National Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Gagah Prakoso said last night.
"It's impossible even for a good swimmer with a life vest to swim to shore safely in such extreme conditions. When boats sink like this, the bodies usually surface on the third day."
Bad weather and waves of up to five metres hampered rescue efforts yesterday with 300 rescuers including navy and police officers deployed to comb the sea for bodies.
About 40 children were believed to have been among those aboard the boat, which could have netted people smugglers more than $1 million.

Thirty-four asylum seekers clung to a capsized fishing boat for eight hours watching the bodies of their families, mostly women and children, float by before being discovered by a fisherman.

"We were just praying to God that someone would help us, we thought it was the last of our life story," Esmat Adine, 24, of Afghanistan said.

"People were dying in front of us.

"The bodies were lying in front of us in the water, women and children mostly."

In harrowing accounts the rescued asylum seekers from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey spoke of their terror as the 15m boat overturned.

They said they came to Jakarta through Malaysia where many of them had waited up to a month before their boat was ready.

"We had a mobile number to call a people smuggler in Jakarta. We called every day and every day he changed his number," Mr Adine said.

"The man said we should pay the money we have, he said 'We have a very big boat. I mark the route for the captain and the captain is familiar with the route'.

"We were close to Australian territory, (the crew) told us we were in Australia," Mr Adine said.

"It's a very hard and tough situation for us, our hearts are there in the water with our (dead) family. We request the Australian Government can take us to Christmas Island and process us there."

The survivors are being kept at a community hall near Prigi beach, 640km southeast of Indonesia's capital Jakarta, and say they had official UN documentation to prove their refugee status.

The tragedy comes a year after about 50 asylum seekers drowned when a boat slammed into rocks off Christmas Island.

The Federal Government called the sinking "a terrible tragedy", but came under pressure from campaign groups which said its tough approach to refugees was partly responsible for such disasters.
"Our focus today is on the search and rescue effort and our thoughts today are with the people who died and with the families of those still lost at sea," Australian Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said yesterday.
"Whenever people make a dangerous journey and risk their lives, I am concerned," he said, adding that Australia had offered an Orion surveillance aircraft to help the rescue effort.


Australia has failed in its efforts to set up a regional processing centre in neighbouring countries to reduce the flow of asylum-seekers heading to its shores.
The number of boatpeople arriving in Australia ballooned to almost 900 in November, with at least nine ships intercepted in Australian waters so far this month.
Ian Rintoul, coordinator of the Refugee Action Coalition, said any sympathy the Australian Government or opposition expressed for those who died at sea would amount to "hypocrisy" until the parties adopted humane policies.

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Terrorist Attack on Alamdar Road on Eid-ul-Fitr

QUETTA: A blast on Quetta’s Gulistan road has killed at least ten and seriously injured 13 people on Wednesday.
Police are suspecting it to be a suicide blast which is planned to attack on hazara Eid-Gah as a lot of Hazara community was praying Eid pray.

"I have a hunch it was a suicide blast where the bomber driving a Parado car laden with explosive rammed into this parking area and blew it up", CCPO said.

Eyewitnesses said ten to fourteen vehicles parked in the lot caught fire as a result.

Rescue work is in process and the injured have been rushed to the hospitals.




















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Liberal backbencher Josh Frydenberg said the government could forget about 'trying to break the people smugglers' business model'.

'The people smugglers are going to break the government's model by sending unaccompanied minors,' he told Sky News.

Under the plan, signed by Australia and Malaysia last week, Australia will send 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia in return for 4000 processed refugees.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has said there will be no blanket exemptions but an individual's vulnerability would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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Mr Bowen also refused to say if he would send the boy and his family to Kuala Lumpur.
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Christmas Island security increased for asylum transfer to Malysia.


Australian Federal Police dressed in full riot gear have
been training in the jungle on Christmas Island, ahead of
the arrival of the first group of asylum seekers to be
sent to Malaysia. [ABC]
Security is being beefed up on the Australian territory Christmas Island ahead of the arrival of the first asylum seekers to be sent to Malaysia.
The Immigration Department has built security fencing around an area of the Phosphate Hill detention centre on the island.

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A group of hazara volanteers arranging a setup to guide and to submit online application form for Asylum status for those hazaras who realy have fear in Pakistan Iran and Afghanistan.
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