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Afghanistan’s first national park Band-e-Amir Bamiyan Afghanistan: Is peace in Afghanistan ‎possible?‎
April 29, 2009, 7:29 am
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Afghans get first national park

BBC 22/4/09

Afghanistan has established its first national park in a spectacular region of deep blue lakes separated by natural dams of travertine, a mineral deposit.

The new park is near the Bamyan Valley, where 1,500-year-old giant Buddha statues were destroyed by the Taleban.

Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency (Nepa) said the creation of the park would help the region attract international tourism and obtain World Heritage Status.

Much of the park’s wildlife has been lost, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

But recent WCS surveys show it still contains ibex, a species of wild goat, and urial, a type of wild sheep.

Other wildlife include wolves, foxes, smaller mammals and fish, and various bird species including the Afghan snow finch, which is believed to be the only bird found exclusively in Afghanistan.


The world knows little of this serene lake just as it is unaware of the

peace and serenity all Afghans long for.


Come see Band-i-Amir in Bamiyan and come get to know us ; we Afghan youth have the same human wishes and appreciation of beauty as you do.


We Afghan youth are tired of violence and war and wish for a humane love.


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