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08 May 2012, Hajigak Pass, Shibar District, Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan : Minerals Geologist at the Afghan Ministry of Mines Mohammad Amin (right) and head of the GeoScience Department  Mohammad Zahir walking along the ridge at the proposed site of the Hajigak Pass Iron ore 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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