Afghanistan’s Female Wardens (9 min)

Decades of war have eroded the natural wonders of Northern Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province, with local villagers hunting the wildlife, overfishing the lakes and chopping down the forests just to survive.

It’s is an area better known for the Taliban’s destruction of two giant Buddha statues in 2001 than for its ecotourism. But its pristine lakes and limestone cliffs are home to the country’s first national park, the stunning Band-e-Amir. Al Jazeera meets the female rangers protecting Afghanistan’s first national park.

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