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Afghanistan: see BamianBamian
or Bamiyan
, town (1984 est. pop. 52,000), capital of Bamian prov., N central Afghanistan, on the Kunduz River. The population is predominantly Hazara. It was long a major caravan center on the route across the Hindu Kush between India and central Asia.
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At present, there are only Hazara and Tajik youth in the group, largely because the population of Bamiyan Province is almost exclusively Hazara and Tajik.
At a meeting last week of the International Committee for Bamiyan at UNESCO's Paris headquarters, Bandarin said there was "complete agreement" among the experts that it isn't possible to reconstruct the great Buddha but there was disagreement on the smaller Buddha.
In Bamiyan she was also met by Nato-led troops from New Zealand who performed the traditional Maori haka dance for her.
(13.) Discussions with a resident of Acha Mazar Village, Waras, Bamiyan, 7 July 2006.
A German team has discovered a great-sealed small jute bag for Buddha's soul inside of one of the two giant statues in Bamiyan, central Afghanistan that were destroyed by the country's former Taliban rulers.
Featured sand sculptures include the Taj Mahal, India; Angkor, Cambodia; Historic City of Ayutthaya, Thailand; The Great Wall, China; Himeji Castle, Japan; Persepolis, Iran; Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat), Iraq and the buddha statues of the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan.
As the Taliban advanced into Bamiyan in September 1998, they blew up parts of two ancient Buddha statues.
In Bamiyan province, in central Afghanistan, we helped Aga Khan Development re-create a health system destroyed by war.
Habiba Surobi, governor of Bamiyan, said women in many remote Afghan villages remain unaware of their rights, including their right to vote.
Photographs, video, and miniature paintings examine the destruction of the colossal 6th-century Buddhas of the Bamiyan Valley in central Afghanistan by the Taliban in March 2001.
And while the Taliban considers such statues un- Islamic and destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas, the Muslim residents of the nearby Apati village believe they deserve to be preserved and treasured.