Twenty years ago, the Taliban destroyed the giant Buddhas, symbol of this valley.
The ongoing talks between Kabul and the Islamists make the inhabitants of the region fear the return of terror, which in the meantime has become a haven of tranquillity in a torn country.
The destruction of the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan marked the obscurantist reign of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Since then, the wounded valley has been transformed into a haven of tranquility in a country torn apart by an endless war. Populated by the Hazara Shiite minority, Bamiyan is a place of tolerance. Women are much freer there, life is almost normal. These are all precious things that the return of Islamist insurgents to power, currently being negotiated with Kabul, could sweep away.