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Archaeologists from around the world fight to save a 2,600-year-old Buddhist city from imminent destruction by a Chinese copper mine.
Archaeologists from around the world fight to save a 2,600-year-old Buddhist city from imminent destruction by a Chinese copper mine.
384 backers pledged $35,200 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Brent E. Huffman on December 13, 2012

      Thank you George. Yes, I need to post the update about the stretch goal on the main page.

    2. Creator George N. on December 13, 2012

      A quick note: putting the information about the stretch goal on the main page may be useful for the last two days - a significant portion of people won't page through to the updates.

    3. Creator Bodhipaksa Sering on November 29, 2012

      I've been plugging your project on our Facebook page ( It's been exciting seeing the goal getting closer and closer. Less than $200 left to go! I really think this is an important project and I wish you well.

    4. Creator Brent E. Huffman on November 29, 2012

      Thank you for posting! This is wonderful.

    5. Creator Ng Xin Zhao on November 29, 2012

      Public Statement of YBAM

      You're nearing there, may you be well and happy! You might be glad to find out this:

      Firmly Oppose the Destruction of MesAynak Holy Site by a Copper Mining Corporation from China

      The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) hereby extend our strongest and firmest objection against the destruction of a significant and magnificent Buddhist archaeological site in Mes Aynak, Logar Province, Afghanistan by China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC), which reported by local media recently.

      The sprawling 100-acre ancient Buddhist site is widely recognised by international prominent archaeologists for its rich heritage of Greco-Buddhist (Gandharan) style Buddhist antiquities. This invaluable Buddhist site will be forever and thoroughly lost when MCC start their open-pit style mining operation. Besides the tragic loss of invaluable Buddhist heritage, experts believe the mining will cause severe pollution in the region and contaminate the water source to a population of five million people.

      For decades, Mes Aynak continues to awe archaeologists with impressive discovery of Buddhist antiquities e.g. monasteries, stupas, Buddhist statues under heavy ancient Greek and Gandharan influence dating back to the 5th century. Most significant among the discoveries are the ancient manuscripts that are crucial for revealing the lost Buddhist civilization along the Silk Road. We strongly condemn the destruction of this invaluable heritage site in the name of capitalism!

      YBAM are in solidarity with Buddhists and non-Buddhists from around the world in this heritage crisis to voice our strongest objection against the destruction of Mes Aynak. We hereby request UNESCO to include Mes Aynak of Afghanistan as an Endangered Heritage Site to salvage the site from this tragic imminent destruction.

      We need your help to defend Mes Aynak. Please sign two internet petitions made respectively to President Hamid Karzai and UNESCO by logging on to the links below:

      To President Hamid Karzai:

      To UNESCO:

      Please like the page in Facebook:

    6. Creator Brent E. Huffman on November 9, 2012

      Thank you so much Pia!

    7. Creator Pia Massie on November 9, 2012

      Brent, thanks for this fantastic project which I immediately forwarded on to 3 of my communities - environmental activists, documentary filmmakers and DIY Dharma. Pitting ancient Buddhas against a Chinese mining corporation is like a hologram of our insane times; defining the stark moral reality of a world out of balance. Let me know how I can help with the film in other ways. Thank you for this important work that you are doing.