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Afghanistan marks 12th year of Buddhas destruction by Taliban

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

The Bamiyan Buddha damaged by the TalibanA memorial ceremony was organized in central Bamiyan province of Afghanistan on Tuesday to mark the 12th year of Bamiyan Buddhas destruction by Taliban group.

The ceremony was attended by various cultural activists, singers, cinema artists and local officials in Bamiyan province, and a number of young Bamiyan artists lighted 12 candles to mark the 12th of Buddhas distruction.

The participants of the ceremony also condemned the destruction of the Buddhas and called it a historical crime against the history of Afghanistan, while paying attribute to the culture and history of the country.

The ceremony titled “Night with the Buddhas” was attended by at least 15 artists who visited Bamiyan province from capital Kabul and the event was started by putting light on 12 candles.

A theater show was also organized by the artists which reflected their anger towards the destruction of the Buddhas and cultural violence by the Taliban group.

The participants of the ceremony also urged to reconstruct at least two of the major Buddhas in a bid to preserve the global culture and symbol of civilization in the region.

Provincial governor Habiba surabi said the government of Afghanistan will step up efforts to reconstruct the two major Buddhas in way to prevent harming its historical values.

Bamiyan Buddhas were destroyed by Taliban group back in 2001 in three weeks period which sparked global objection. Taliban group tried to destroy the Buddhas by firing artillery rounds towards the Buddhas but later used explosives after they did not achieve any results by firing artillery.

Only two holes of 35 meters and 53 meters have remained and the Buddhas have completely been damaged however thousands of tourists are still touring Bamiyan annually to visit the remains of the Buddhas.

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