Ancient Buddhas from Mes Aynak
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Mining venture threatens ancient Afghan Buddhist site

Ten years ago the Taliban blew up Afghanistan's ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan, provoking international outrage.

Now the country's rich heritage is facing a new threat.

A Chinese mining venture has set its sights on Mes Aynak, in Logar province, a short helicopter ride from Kabul.

The site was was once an al-Qaeda training camp, but is also home to an astonishing discovery; a Buddhist monastery more than 1,400 years old.

Quentin Sommerville reports.

  • 15 Jun 2011