Cleaning up the mess: the deadly danger still left behind in Afghanistan

As the winter snow slowly retreated from the hills and villages of Bamiyan province in Afghanistan, a re-energised force stepped once more into the light.

Like the rest of the country’s population, the people of this central province with an enduring link to Aotearoa have a wary eye out for the re-emergence of the Taliban. Memories of the tyranny they wrought are still fresh, and the thought of what part they may play in the country’s future is terrifying.

But as winter turned to spring last month, it was another force which returned to the old battlefields, one which carried implements and tools, not weapons and bombs.

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