Tuesday 20 April 2021
April 01, 2021
Afghan Women Pyrographers Challenge Male Counterparts In The Arts Industry
A group of female artists in Afghanistan’s central province of Bamyan has recently opened a small pyrography and engraving studio to promote fine arts in the region. VOA’s Zafar Bamiyani has more from Bamyan in this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard.
March 18, 2021
Twenty Years Later, Cultural Scars Remain From Loss Of Giant Afghan Buddhas
In March 2001, Taliban extremists used dynamite and artillery to demolish two towering Buddha statues that had stood in Afghanistan's Bamiyan Province for nearly 1,500 years. Today, the country is still not at peace, and hopes of rebuilding the statues are stymied by prohibitive costs.
March 10, 2021
Light Show Pays Tribute To Bamiyan Buddhas Destroyed By Taliban 20 Years Ago
Twenty years after the Taliban blew up two famous Buddha statues, Afghans commemorated their loss at a ceremony in the central Bamiyan Valley on March 9. As part of the commemorations, a lantern-lit procession led to the base of the sandstone cliff where the statues once stood.
February 26, 2021
The Buddhas Of Bamiyan: Majesty And Tragedy
Taliban militants spent the early part of March 2001 systematically dynamiting two of Afghanistan's greatest historical and cultural treasures: the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Twenty years after their destruction, we look back at these iconic artefacts and how the site looks today.
February 22, 2021
Afghan Barber's Special Offer: Read A Book And Get 30 Percent Off
A barber in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has installed a small library in a corner of his shop. Assadullah says he dropped out of school early, but is encouraging other people to read as much as possible in a country where literacy levels remain low.
February 09, 2021
Pakistani Universities Dictate ‘Conservative’ Dress Code
Students at two public universities in northwestern Pakistan are speaking out against conservative dress codes that ban women from wearing jeans, tights, and makeup while requiring men not to wear earrings, torn jeans, or shorts.
February 03, 2021
Archaeologists Uncover 2,000-Year-Old Buddhist Site In Pakistan
In Pakistan's Swat district, archaeologists have uncovered what they consider to be important Buddhist structures that are up to 2,000 years old. They were found in an area that had been used for cattle grazing until recently.