Stop the Destruction of Buddhist Site Mess Aynak

Target: Irina Bokova (Director-General of UNESCO)

Goal: Save the Buddhist site Mess Aynak from destruction and list it as ‘endangered’ and a ‘World Heritage’ site

For three long decades, the country of Afghanistan has suffered immense loss – not only of innocent lives, but of hundreds of cultural sites. In December 2012, the majestic Buddhist site Mess Aynak is at risk of destruction for its precious minerals. Please urge the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to save the heritage of Afghanistan and enlist Mess Aynak on both the ‘Endangered’ and ‘World Heritage’ site lists.

This war-torn country has endured through wars, economic downfall, and other atrocities that have plagued the people of Afghanistan. Inevitably, thousands of cultural objects, along with hundreds of sites of heritage importance, including Ali Khanum and Bamiyan, have been desecrated. The heritage of Afghanistan is under threat. Though mining precious minerals from Mess Aynak may lead to some economic development, there are other non-threatening paths to prosperity.

With UNESCO categorizing Mess Aynak on the lists of ‘Endangered’ and ‘World Heritage’ site, the future of Mess Ayank can be saved. The cities of Ai Khanum and Bamiyan have already fallen into the hands of destruction, but we can save this Buddhist site. Please ask UNESCO to help save the future of Afghanistan’s heritage and register Mess Aynak on its protective lists.


Dear Irina Bokova:

The country of Afghanistan has suffered through tremendous loss over the past three long decades. Many innocent lives have been lost; cities have been burned to the ground; hundreds of cultural objects and sites have been destroyed. In December 2012, the majestic Buddhist site Mess Aynak is under threat of being added to the list of destructions in Afghanistan. UNESCO can help. It can immediately enlist Mess Aynak under the ‘Endangered’ and ‘World Heritage’ site lists so it can be protected and preserved for future generations.

So far, the cities of Ali Khanum and Bamiyan have already been destroyed. Mess Aynak may be next. To stimulate economic development, the country will start mining for precious minerals at this Buddhist site. There are better ways to encourage the growth of the economy. Destroying another site of heritage importance is reckless and irresponsible. Please stop the destruction of Mess Aynak and have it listed in your protective hands as an ‘Endangered’ and ‘World Heritage’ site.

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