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08 May 2012, Hajigak Pass, Shibar District, Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan: From left , Community Council member Abbas Ali Rezvami,  Mohammad Reza Danishi , Emir  and Community Development Council head of Kalu Village, the nearest settlement to the site of the proposed Hajigak Iron mine and head of the Afghan GeoScience Department Mohammad Zahir.  .Says Danishi " The mines will compensate us for the land we will lose. There is no money in farming here and people will definitely move into jobs in the 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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