Paradise by Edwin Koo

Paradise by Edwin Koo

Tooti Gul recalls the day the Taliban blew up the face of the Jahanabad Buddha, a 6-metre tall stone carving that dates back to the 6th century. “At about 3am, the militants came to our house and snatched our mobiles from us and warned us not to climb up there. I asked them ‘Why are you doing this? The Buddha statue is stuck to the wall and won’t harm you’ and they replied ‘It’s none of your business.'” Then we heard the sound of drilling and then an explosion. By the time we had the Fajar prayer, they were finished.”
2010/09/19.

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