Rebuilding Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Buddhas
January 20, 2015 8:53 AM Subscribe
Plans are afoot to restore giant Buddhist symbols destroyed by the Taliban, but experts cannot agree on best way forward.
Demolition work at Bamiyan started at the beginning of March 2001 and lasted several weeks, the two figures – 58 and 38 metres tall – proved remarkably solid. Anti-aircraft guns had little effect, so the engineers placed anti-tank mines between their feet, then bored holes into their heads and packed them with dynamite. The world watched this symbolic violence in impotent horror.
Now almost 14 years on, reconstruction work has yet to start as archaeologists and Unesco policy-makers argue.
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