Reconstruction of burned and bombed palace begins in Kabul, Afghanistan

In Kabul, Afghanistan on May 30, 2016, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dedicated an ambitious reconstruction project to restore the ruins of historic Darul Aman (Dar-ul-Aman) palace, an initiative aimed at signaling a new future for the war-torn country.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani approved the restoration work of the Palace in March of 2016, saying the “Shattered Dar-ul-Aman Palace is a reminder of our darkest days. Thus, I’ve approved its restoration work today.

Much of Kabul has been repaired since devastating civil wars, but the palace has gathered dust atop a hill on the outskirts of the capital, a scarred memorial to the country’s shattered past.

The project is expected to cost $16.5 million to $20 million and take at least three, and maybe up to five years to complete.

The renovated palace will be used as a museum and a venue for national ceremonies.

See Reuters article.

See BBC article.

See Khaama Press article & photo credit.

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