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Wall Street Journal|Afghanistan

Wall Street Journal|Afghanistan

 Photograph by Leon Chew, 2011

Photograph by Leon Chew, 2011

 

My visit to Afghanistan was one of the most meaningful trips I have taken in my life. I was there to cover was the excavation of the ancient Buddhist monastery of Mes Aynak--also a major copper mine in the Logar province--as well as Afghanistan's cultural heritage.

On the day I visited the site, Osama bin Laden was assassinated. We got word via text message from an Afghan colleague back in Kabul. At one time, it was rumored that the Mes Aynak site was home to an al-Qaeda training camp, abandoned in the late 1990’s after receiving permission from the Taliban to officially establish operations in nearby Kandahar. In spite of all this, we had an amazing time exploring the area. I hope to one day return to Afghanistan and continue to write about the country's rich cultural heritage.

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 Leon Chew, 2011

Leon Chew, 2011

 In Mes Aynak, 2011

In Mes Aynak, 2011

 Mes Aynak, 2011

Mes Aynak, 2011

The photographs shown here were taken by Leon Chew.

Foreign Policy|Pushing Back

Foreign Policy|Pushing Back

Monocle|Los Angeles

Monocle|Los Angeles