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Good Morning TE!!
No, it is not a view on my small garden taken from my window…
This photo was taken just after visiting the giant Buddhas (more like the ruins of them…) of Bamian that you all have heard about… right?.... OK. I decided to climb to the top of the mountain to get a sense of the view on Bamian city (capital of the Hazara people, a minority ethnic group in Afghanistan) and valley. To get to the top, there is a tiny corridor delineated with white stones (indicating this part has been mine cleared) showing the way. As you walk there you’ll find a lot of souvenirs from the last decades, bullets from as many weapons you can imagine, pieces of shrapnel, etc. I found this little pile, surrounded by white stones, like a sort of absurd totem. As you can see most of the bullets are still unused, you find lots of them all over the place, in the fields… This has become part of ordinary landscape in Afghanistan. I had to get slightly out of the mine cleared area to get this shot, so don’t tell my mother please… After sometimes living here you don’t pay too much attention to them but I thought you might be “interested” to know what Afghanistan looks like, outside the “white stones areas”…

Cheers,

Vincent

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