Bamiyan, Afghanistan - IslamicStateof Afghanistan
A HAZARA MAN CHOPS WOOD OUTSIDE OF A CAVE IN BAMIYAN.
A Hazara man chops wood outside a cave in Bamiyan December 15, 2001.
The destruction of the 2,000-year-old Buddhas, among the great wonders
of the ancient world, was the first many people outside Afghanistan had
heard of the Taliban or Bamiyan. But a story of human horror also
unfolded in the town and the surrounding area as forces of the Sunni
Muslim Taliban, fired by a perverse interpretation of Islam, forced
tens of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims to flee into the mountains.