It is believed that miscreants took advantage of the confusion that followed the Taliban’s takeover of area in the first half of August to loot the artifacts, according to local residents and Japanese archaeologists whose warehouse was also targeted.
Unesco calls for Afghanistan’s heritage to be protected—but how will it seek enforcement?; Gareth Harris; The Art Newspaper
With Taliban Forces in Control, Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage Faces Renewed Threats; Hadani Ditmars; Architecture Digest
UNESCO and other global NGOs are increasingly concerned about the nation’s historic patrimony…
The daring journey to reach Afghanistan’s famous Buddhas—before they were lost; Nina Strochlic; National Geographic
Twenty years after the destruction of the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas, all that remains are empty niches—and memories.
Being at a crossroad for many peoples and cultures throughout ages, Afghanistan has a very rich history. From being at the centre of the Silk Road, to being at wars with the British and the invasion of the Soviets, Afghan history has been turbulent.
Band-e-Amir national park in central Bamiyan province offers an opportunity to Afghans to enjoy their holidays.
After Centuries Of Neglect, Afghanistan’s Historic Minaret Under Threat From Taliban; Frud Bezhan & Qadir Ghafori; RFERL
A special meeting attended by officials from Ministry of Information and Culture and representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was held in Kabul on Saturday to discuss ways to protect the 900-year-old Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan’s Ghorprovince – which is on the verge of collapse due to recent flash floods.
Home to the country’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province is also progressive on women’s representation.
Sayed Mizra Hussain faced a terrible dilemma: commit a shocking act of cultural destruction or be shot by the Taliban.
Officials in the historic Afghan province of Bamiyan say that domestic tourism to its famed archeological treasures and nature parks is soaring.
This is the world’s most dangerous holiday package and it’s being run by a British grandfather!; Abhishek Mande Bhot; India.com
Geoff Hann organizes bus tours in the war-torn Afghanistan. This is his unbelievable story.
Afghan historic minaret of Jam ‘in danger of collapse’; Mohammad Qazizada & Daud Qarizadah; BBC News
One of Afghanistan’s architectural marvels, the minaret of Jam in Ghor province, is in danger of collapse, officials tell the BBC.
Bamiyan may not be wracked by violence, but it continues to suffer from poverty and years of underdevelopment.
Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite (Part 10 – Living at the feet of Buddha); Zan Azlee; Fatbidin.com
This week is part 10 of Zan Azlee multimedia documentary, Guide To Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite, which includes video, still photos and text. As you would know, this is concurrent with the 10-part feature on The Malaysian Insider website, of which you can view part 10: