Afghanistan faces desperate winter
Deutsche Welle / August 30, 2008
The aid agency Oxfam has warned that Afghanistan needs urgent help if it is to avoid a humanitarian disaster this winter. Oxfam called for a “major humanitarian response” in a letter to development ministers around the world. In July, it appealed for just over 400 million dollars to meet the needs of some five million Afghans, but has apparently received only a fifth of the amount. Nearly 1,000 people died last winter in Afghanistan, where about half the population lives under the poverty line.
Buddha statue’s head in Afghanistan
[ANI] Islamabad, August 30 : French and Afghan archaeologists have unearthed the head of a Buddha statue and a precious coin in the province of Bamiyan in Afghanistan.
The statue’s head belongs to the period when Buddhism thrived in the central province and the coin dates back to the time of Alexander and the Greek empire, according to Najeebullah Ahrar, the director of the information and culture department in the province.
According to a report in Pak Tribune, the team of Afghan and French archaeologists is working under the supervision of Professor Zemaryalai Tarzi, an Afghan archaeologist.
Bamiyan hit world headlines in 2001 when the Taliban destroyed the enormous Buddha statues that for centuries stood in carved niches in the cliff faces around the main town.
The town of Bamiyan is situated on the old Silk Road and became a meeting point of eastern and western cultures.
Buddhism arrived in Bamiyan in the third century with the spread of the Kushan Empire.