Afghan's Poorest Community in 'Historic Valley' May Not Survive Winter

Published October 7th, 2021 - 07:02 GMT

Bamiyan valley is known as one of the most beautiful regions in Afghanistan.

The rugged, central valley is home to several hundred families living in caves that were carved into sandstone cliffs by Buddhist monks in the fifth century. The community is among the poorest in the country.

They live a few kilometers from where the valley's famous giant, ancient Buddha statues once stood before they were dynamited by the Islamist group when they were last in power two decades ago.
 

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In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, a Hazara ethnic girl stands near a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, a Hazara ethnic girl stands near a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic children stand on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic children stand on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic people stand on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic people stand on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic children stand in their cave on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic children stand in their cave on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by Bulent KILIC / AFP)

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, a Hazara ethnic woman with a baby walks in front of her cave on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, a Hazara ethnic woman with a baby walks in front of her cave on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by Bulent KILIC / AFP)

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, children walk to a river from their village near the cliffs pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, children walk to a river from their village near the cliffs pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by Bulent KILIC / AFP)

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic women walk with their laundry to their village near the cliffs pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic women walk with their laundry to their village near the cliffs pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by Bulent KILIC / AFP)

In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, a Hazara ethnic girl stands near a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic children stand on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic people stand on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic children stand in their cave on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, a Hazara ethnic woman with a baby walks in front of her cave on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, children walk to a river from their village near the cliffs pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic women walk with their laundry to their village near the cliffs pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, a Hazara ethnic girl stands near a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, a Hazara ethnic girl stands near a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic children stand on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic children stand on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic people stand on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic people stand on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic children stand in their cave on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic children stand in their cave on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by Bulent KILIC / AFP)
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, a Hazara ethnic woman with a baby walks in front of her cave on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, a Hazara ethnic woman with a baby walks in front of her cave on a cliff pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by Bulent KILIC / AFP)
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, children walk to a river from their village near the cliffs pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, children walk to a river from their village near the cliffs pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by Bulent KILIC / AFP)
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic women walk with their laundry to their village near the cliffs pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan.
In this picture taken on October 3, 2021, Hazara ethnic women walk with their laundry to their village near the cliffs pockmarked by caves where people still live as they did centuries ago in Bamiyan. (Photo by Bulent KILIC / AFP)