I will never forget seeing the heartbreaking news that the Taliban had blown up the massive Buddha statues of Bamiyan. It literally made me sick to my stomach.
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Hazara Afghan women cook in a kitchen at a shrine in Bamiyan on August 2, 2010. Bamiyan, some 200 km (124 miles) northwest of Kabul, stands in a deep green and lush valley stretching 100 km through central Afghanistan, on the former Silk Road that once linked China with Central Asia and beyond. The town was home to two nearly 2,000-year-old Buddha statues before they were destroyed by the Taliban, months before their regime was toppled in a US-led invasion in late 2001.