Afghan archaeological guard Hakim Safam in front of the reconstructed foot of the Salsal Buddha. Photo: AFP
Afghan archaeological guard Hakim Safam in front of the reconstructed foot of the Salsal Buddha. Photo: AFP

Afghanistan’s revered Bamiyan Buddha statues were destroyed by the Taliban – should they be rebuilt?

Statues were blasted in April 2001 by the Taliban, who had taken control of the province and killed thousands of civilians

Afghan archaeological guard Hakim Safam in front of the reconstructed foot of the Salsal Buddha. Photo: AFP
Afghan archaeological guard Hakim Safam in front of the reconstructed foot of the Salsal Buddha. Photo: AFP
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