Stop the destruction of the Buddhist city Mes Aynak in Afghanistan
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Stop the destruction of the Buddhist city Mes Aynak in Afghanistan

    1. Dora Nelson
    2. Petition by

      Dora Nelson

      Bakersfield, CA

The site called Mes Aynak is nothing short of awe-inspiring: a massive walled-in Buddhist city featuring massive temples, monasteries, and thousands of Buddhist statues that managed to survive looters and the Taliban. Holding a key position on the Silk Road, Mes Aynak was also an international hub for traders and pilgrims from all over Asia.

Hundreds of fragile manuscripts detailing daily life at the site are still yet to be excavated. Beneath the Buddhist dwellings is an even older yet-unearthed Bronze age site indicated by several recent archaeological findings.

Mes Aynak is set for destruction at the end of December 2012. All of the temples, monasteries, statues as well as the Bronze age material will all be destroyed by a Chinese government-owned company called China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC). Six villages and the mountain range will also be destroyed to create a massive open-pit style copper mine. (From http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/22/opinion/afghanistan-buddha-site-mine/index.html)

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    • Álvaro Bonet MADRID, SPAIN
      • over 1 year ago

      Don't think with big numbers logic, but with the knowledge and the oportunity to build a country with solid ideas. Please preserve your/our Heritage!!

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    • Kevin Martin OMAGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      All old Cuitural sites should be maintained and appreciated in all Countries,

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    • Lorna Reay HITCHIN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a Buddhist, and understand the terrible loss of those manuscripts yet to be excavated.

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    • Thilina madusanka COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's not fair

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    • Kai Goh KLANG, MALAYSIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      For the future of humanities and all beings

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