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Artists Rebuild Destroyed Buddha Statues With Ghostly 3D Projection

Following their destruction by the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan’s famed Buddhas of Bamiyan are reborn in luminous light.

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For centuries, the towering Buddha statues looking out over Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Valley were renowned the world over for their size and beauty. Built in the 6th century, the two main figures were the largest statues of a standing Buddha on Earth, looming at 53 and 35 meters, respectively. Carved into a sheer cliff face, the Bamiyan Buddhas were an awe inspiring combination of devotional art and ingenious craftsmanship. And in 2001, they were completely destroyed.

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Survivors of Peshawar School Massacre Return in Defiance

Students and teachers say the Taliban hasn’t scared them into submission.

A candlelight vigil for the Peshawar students in London. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The first day back at school for students at a Peshawar school was teeming with grief as they remembered the 145 people who were killed by the Taliban at the school in mid-December. A memorial service was held on Monday to honor the dead, attended by government officials, and students are expected to begin classes again later this week. Security was tight at the Peshawar Army Public School as parents and children and parents filed in hand-in-hand. According to Al Jazeera, brand-new razor wire is now twister around the school’s walls.

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Girls' Education Activist Malala Yousufzai Is Still on a Mission

"Let's work together to educate girls around the world."

Back in October when 15-year-old girls' education activist Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out against them, the world rallied to condemn the violence against her. Yousufzai's currently recovering in a U.K. hospital but she shared a message full of gratitude and a call to action with Anderson Cooper so he could share it at CNN's "Heroes" ceremony on Sunday night.

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