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General view of niche that once held a giant Buddha, in Bamiyan province

A general view of niche that once held a giant Buddha, in Bamiyan province April 21, 2009. Archaeologists are working to stabilise the remains of two statues blown up by the Taliban in 2001 and searching for other massive sculptures recorded by travellers who passed through the valley centuries ago, but warn the area is at risk from both poverty and careless development. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN SOCIETY IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)