Geneva, United States of America
FILE PHOTO OF AFGHAN BUDDHA.
Swiss campaigners hoping to reconstruct one of two ancient Buddha
statues destroyed by the Taliban said on November 21, 2001 that the
plan could offer a much-needed symbol of hope to Afghanistan. The
55-meter-high (180 feet) Buddha statue in Bamiyan town in central
Afghanistan is shown on Dec. 22, 1997 before its destruction earlier
this year. REUTERS/Muzammil Pasha