Mes Aynak, an ancient Buddhist city and 5,000 yr. old Bronze Age archeological site in Afghanistan is facing imminent demolition by a Chinese copper mining company. I'm Brent Huffman, a documentary filmmaker who risked my life trying to stop them:...
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Hello, I'm Brent Huffman, and I made a documentary called Saving Mes Aynak (http://www.savingmesaynak.com). Mes Aynak is a 500,000 sq. meter archaeological site in (largely Taliban-controlled) Logar Province, Afghanistan that contains an ancient 2,000-year-old Buddhist city on top of a 5,000-year-old Bronze Age site. At the heart of the Silk Road for over a millennium, Mes Aynak contains monastic complexes, unique Buddhist stupas, countless artifacts from religious and daily life, and around 600 large Buddha statues – similar to those destroyed by the Taliban in 2001 at Bamiyan. What's even more astounding is that the site is only 10% excavated.
But beneath Mes Aynak is one of the largest copper deposits in the world, and the site was sold by the Afghan government to a Chinese State-owned mining company who plan to blow it up to open-pit mine for an estimated $100 billion worth of copper.
I'm part of a growing coalition fighting to stop Mes Aynak's impending destruction and preserve it for all future generations.
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I'm a professor of journalism at Northwestern University and an award-winning director, writer, and cinematographer of social issue documentaries and television programs. My work ranges from documentaries aired on The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, and CNN, to Sundance Film Festival premieres. My newest documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, is both a love letter to the history of Afghanistan, and a call to action for people everywhere to save this amazing world heritage site. Ask me anything!