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08 May 2012, Hajigak Pass, Shibar District, Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan :  Heavy road building machinery at construction work  building a new access road at Zuhak city, the gateway from Bamiyan to the proposed Hajigak Pass Iron mine. The World Bank is funding the proposed development of the Hajigak iron mine through its sponsorship of local Community Development Councils that give local residents a voice in the planning of the mine. The Afghan Ministry of Mines in conjunction with a raft of foreign companies are developing a blueprint for the mine. Plans include construction of infrastructure such as roads to access the remote location, schools and new residential complexes to house mine workers and their families. Local village residents are looking forward to the development that will provide jobs and an increased standard of living in a harsh area that suffers from extreme poverty. Picture by Graham Crouch/World Bank
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