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Most days it is easy to think God may have forgotten about Afghanistan, but there can be a day when you feel like you are in heaven.

We were invited by the United States Agency for International Development to witness the dedication of Afghanistan's first national park: The Band-e-Amir National Park, a series of six crystal-blue lakes surrounded by heart-stopping cliffs and natural dams that capture the imagination.

"'If you look at the beauty,' as we say in our language, 'it's poetry for your eyes, for your mind and for your soul,'" said the former Prince of Afghanistan, Mustafa Zahir, who attended the opening ceremony. Read full article »

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