"Far away from the Taliban insurgency,
in this most peaceful corner of Afghanistan, a quiet revolution is gaining pace. Women are driving cars — a rarity in Afghanistan — working in public offices and police stations, and sitting on local councils. There is even a female governor, the first and only one in Afghanistan." Carlotta Gall writes about promising developments in Bamian
. (NY Times
; print version
posted by languagehat
on Oct 7, 2008 -
Many photographs of the landscapes and people of Afghanistan as was. 'Searching the internet at the beginning of the year 2001 for "Kabul & museum" or for
"Bamiyan" displays alarming news. This is why I'd like to put my old photographs of Afghanistan of the years 1969, 1970, and 1974 into the WWW to preserve a vivid memory
of the treasures collected in the museum in Darulaman and of an Afghanistan as it used to be years ago ... ' (Also in German
Related :- Lost
and Stolen Images: Afghanistan
, including a section on the Bamiyan Buddhas and some images from the
Kabul Museum (via the Huntingdon Archive
of Buddhist and related art).
posted by plep
on Apr 9, 2003 -
'I Feel A Great, Personal Loss' Conservationist Rakhaldas Sengupta spent nine years restoring the world's tallest Buddha statues...
This has been covered by MeFi before but Sengupta has a perspective on the statues that hasn't come to light yet. To think that the Taleban is destroying these 1700 year old statues breaks my heart. I hope I never understand the reasoning of religious zealots.
posted by gen
on Mar 9, 2001 -