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Afghanistan’s beautiful ‘Green Zone’ offers emeralds, peace | Fox News

Afghanistan’s beautiful ‘Green Zone’ offers emeralds, peace | Fox News

It has been dubbed Afghanistan’s Green Zone: A pocket of paradise amid the bloody, conflict-ravaged country — both a hidden gem and full of gems. Specifically, they are world-class emeralds seemingly just waiting to be mined.

Located some 80 miles along a snaking road northeast of Kabul via Bagram, the Panjshir Valley boasts stark mountainous terrain at the foot of the historic Hindu Kush range. Deep in these mountains, hopeful civilians with their home-crafted explosives attempt to blast their way into some money.

“The villagers are mining like they were centuries ago, no technology. Sometimes they get lucky, sometimes not. Sometimes they destroy the emeralds in the process…

Source: Afghanistan’s beautiful ‘Green Zone’ offers emeralds, peace | Fox News