Remember when the Taliban blew up the gigantic ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan?
It's about to happen again, only this time it's a 2600 year old Buddhist city sitting on top of vast copper reserves, and the culprit is shortsightedness.
The efforts to save Mes Aynak don't seem likely to succeed. The deadline is December, and the Afghan government doesn't seem likely to stop the Chinese company, which acquired the rights to the copper deposit, from leveling the ancient and mostly undocumented site.
As archaeologists are racing to save as much as they can in the time left, a filmmaker is trying to get funds to document this bit of vanishing history.
Being a history lover, I'm appalled at this and pledged some money. I don't have the feeling that many know about it, so I wanted to try and spread the word.
As the CNN bit states, he's on Facebook as well.
I fear that few Afghan people will reap any real financial benefit from the copper mining, and when the mine runs dry, the country will not just be left with fewer natural resources, but cultural resources (which could one day also bring tourism money) as well.