Bamyan Buddha’s Status Destruction Undergoes 13 Years

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Kabul (BNA) The hardliner Taliban outfit had dynamited the two giant Buddha’s statues in central Bamyan province, on March 11, 2001, exactly 13 years ago.
Both the 53 and 35 meters Buddha’s statues built in 554 and 570 respectively were the tallest statues in the world and the extremist Taliban militants destroyed both the cultural heritages amid worldwide opposition.
The Bamyan residents said the destruction process of both statues took at least three weeks-with the rebels first wanted to collapse them by mortar shelling, but failed. They used the prisoners and the residents to fill them with explosives and then blew them up.
UNESCO has termed the vandalism as cultural terrorism and denounced it and called it a “cultural terrorism”.
Meantime, Minister for Information and Culture, Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen in talks with BNA hoped to rebuild at least one of the two Buddha’s statues with the support of friendly countries with the collection of the disintegrated pieces of the destroyed statues.

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