Since I found out about Mes Aynak, thanks to Cali, I have made it my mission to inform others about its fate... If any one is so inclined please sign the petition at change.org and invite all you know to do the same. When Cali and I decided to try to do our part the petition was at 1,301 signatures today it is at 14,487 supporters but 35,513 more are needed. So far, NO environmental impact plan and NO mining plan has been made public. There has been NO discussion of variable mining technologies that might allow for portions of the site to be saved. Local residents and the Afghan population have NOT been informed of the costs and significant risks of this endeavor.
An atmosphere of secrecy prevails and destruction is scheduled to begin in just a few weeks, this December. An archaeological site with artifacts dating back to the Bronze age including hundreds of manuscripts is scheduled to be destroyed. We may not save Mes Aynak but we have already made a difference by increasing awareness. I thank you deeply for the post and the help. LMSP