A Nation's Pride

An All-Afghan Team Is Restoring A War-Torn Palace

The Darul Aman Palace stands in defiance of Afghanistan's decades of war—barely. Pockmarked by fire, shellings and bullet holes, the battered structure is a symbol of survival. Now, an all-Afghan project team hopes to revive it. The project to restore the palace, which stands 107 feet (32.6 meters) high, began simply enough: clearing out 600 tons of debris, including bullet and artillery casings. A foreign company bid US$1 million for the cleanup work, but the Afghan team was able to complete it for US$30,000.
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