Harvesting wheat in Afghanistan
August 3rd, 2010
09:32 AM ET

Bringing in the harvest

In central Afghanistan, in Bamiyan, it's time to harvest the wheat for many farmers and families.  Bamiyan is about 120 miles northwest of Kabul and stands in a lush valley that stretches more than 60 miles through central Afghanistan. The valley is on the former Silk Road that once connected China with Central Asia and beyond.  The town was once home to two nearly 2,000-year-old Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. They were the two tallest standing Buddhas in the world. In addition to destroying the Buddhas, the Taliban also entered the Kabul Museum wielding sledgehammers and smashing 2,500 priceless artifacts stored there.

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