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DECEMBER 2014

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

LOCAL LENS

BY BOB TETRO

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BAMIYAN, AFGHANISTAN

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T

he Buddhas of

Bamiyan were two

monumental statues of

the standing Buddha

carved during the sixth century

into the side of a sandstone

cli in the Bamiyan valley in

the Hazarajat region of central

Afghanistan at an altitude of

more than 8,000 feet. I took

this photo of the larger, central

statue—which was some 150

feet tall—in August 1977. I had

taken a jeep trip from India,

where I was posted, that took me

up through Lahore, Islamabad,

Peshawar, the Khyber Pass and

Jalalabad, and into Kabul.

ere,

after hearing about the Bamiyan

Buddhas, I caught what I recall

as a rickety ight to see them.

Tragically, these magni cent

statues were dynamited and

destroyed in March 2001 by the

Taliban, on orders from leader

Mullah Mohammed Omar,

after the Taliban government

declared that they were idols.

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Bob Tetro, a retired FSO with the

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s

Foreign Agricultural Service,

served in India, ailand, Den-

mark and Sweden—the latter

two including responsibility for

Norway, Finland, Estonia and

Latvia—in addition to Washing-

ton, D.C. Following retirement

in 2002, he has learned how to

take photographs in the digital

environment and has converted

many slides and negative images

from his extensive, international

portfolio to digital formats.