Haunted By The Bamiyan Buddhas

When Dadali walks past the site where Afghanistan’s ancient Bamiyan Buddhas once stood, his “heart bleeds” — which is understandable, considering he helped destroy them.

Over the course of three weeks in the spring of 2001, Dadali was forced by the Taliban to take part in the effort to turn the towering statues into rubble. Merza Hussain, a Hazara who lived in a rock cave between the two Buddhas, was there, too, as were dozens of other locals.