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Kabul: Archaelogists and restoration experts have reassembled and restored several statues, including the magnificiant and ancient (Bamiyan) Buddha statues, smashed by the Taliban in 2001 during their rule.
The painstakingly reassembled objects include the cross-legged, 2nd or 3rd century A.D. Bodhisatva Sidhartha, which has now been restablished at a place of pride at the top of the Kabul Museum's staircase. The larger than life-size beautiful statue had been reduced to shards by Taliban fanatics.
People like veteran restorer at the museum, Abdullah Hakimzada, who has spent the past 33 years working at the museum, are proud to have collected pieces of the statues smashed by the Taliban.
"Archaeological artifacts are our national identity," says the museum's archival head, Mohammad Yahyeh Muhibzada.
"It's our national responsibility to protect them so future generations will know who we are and who we were," he said.
A team of archaeologists from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute are halfway through a three-year-long grant from the American Government to register every object in the museum's collections, creating a digital record.
I dunno about you but when I saw the statue being blown up it angered me, no, I'm not Buddhist but still, it was something that belonged not only to Afghans but belongs to World heritage as a whole.
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The destruction of those statues may very well have been blessing in disguise.
You have a female Governor.
You have people working to restore those statues who are not Buddhist.
The destruction of those statues backfired. While it never should have been destroyed in the first place, the reconstruction has managed to bring people of different faiths together while acknowledging the diverse cultural history in that part of the world. It also highlights the decline of the Taliban.
In essence, undermining the goal of the Taliban.edit on 5-2-2014 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)