First Lt. Joshua Fosher was 15 feet in front of him; Capt. Dusty Turner was about as far behind. The distance saved the two Americans from his fate. Yet they were casualties in a less obvious sense. The blast inflicted hidden wounds, physical and psychological, that lingered long after Kiepura returned to Poland in a metal box.
Once a favorite destination for travelers on the Hippie Trail, this idyllic provincial capital high in the Hindu Kush mountains is now famous for what’s not there. Three glaring holes in the cliffs that rise over the town tell the story of what Bamiyan lost 12 years ago.
In Afghanistan, where conservation has taken a backseat to war for 35 years, a “national park” designation is largely conceptual: People acknowledge the place is beautiful and deserves preservation, but the details remain fuzzy.
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