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Afghan ethnic Hazara children wash a carpet in Band-e Amir in Bamiyan... News PhotoAfghanistan,Bamiyan,Child,Domestic Life,Ethnicity,Horizontal,Human Interest,Illustration,Illustration Technique,People,Rug,Village,WashingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPAfghan ethnic Hazara children wash a carpet in Band-e Amir in Bamiyan province on October 23, 2012. Bamiyan, some 200 kilometres (124 miles) northwest of Kabul, stands in a deep green and lush valley stretching 100 kilometres through central Afghanistan, on the former Silk Road that once linked China with Central Asia and beyond. The town was home to two nearly 2,000-year-old Buddha statues before they were destroyed by the Taliban, months before their regime was toppled in a US-led invasion in late 2001. AFP PHOTO / Massoud HOSSAINI (Photo credit should read MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images)