Guardians of Fire

The Buddhas of Mes Aynak

A project in Chicago, IL by Brent E. Huffman
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Archaeologists from around the world fight to save a 2,600-year-old Buddhist city from imminent destruction by a Chinese copper mine.
Backers: 384
Average Pledge Per Backer: $92

Funded: $35,200 of $30,000
Dates: Nov 5th -> Dec 15th (40 days)
Project By: Brent E. Huffman
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Latest News

UPDATE - Front Page of "The New York Times" and New Computers/Cameras for Afghan archaeologists

April 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi all, Sorry for the long absence.  I have been meaning to update you all for some time and now seems like the perfect opportunity. My video (a short vignette) and Oped appeared on the front page of "The New York Times" yesterday:... (Read More)

Update and Happy New Year from The Buddhas of Mes Aynak!

January 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Happy new year everyone! I have some positive news.   Due to the success of our international campaign that reached out to the US including the Smithsonian and State Department, Thailand and other Asian countries, South American, Canada, Europe,... (Read More)

101% FUNDED! We made it! THANK YOU!!!

November 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi all, A HUGE thank you to everyone who made this campaign a success!  We did it.  101% funded in 20 days.  INCREDIBLE! As you know, a big part of this campaign is spreading international awareness.  Here is an update on that in addition to... (Read More)

Major support from around the globe! Thank you! We are almost there!

November 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello everyone! We have seen MAJOR support for our "SAVE Mes Aynak" Kickstarter campaign coming from Thailand, Malaysia, Spain, Australia, England, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Afghanistan, Canada and the US! (Please let me know if I missed your country.... (Read More)

Thank you! We are now 75% funded!

November 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
GREAT NEWS!  We are now 75% funded.   Thank you to all our AMAZING supporters from around the globe all uniting around saving Mes Aynak!!! Just a quick update on new developments. A new interview up on "The Majalla" - the largest Arab magazine:... (Read More)

As you give THANKS this week - Please REMEMBER Mes Aynak

November 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello all, Hope this note finds you well! Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to reflect and be thankful for friends and family. As you do this, I hope you would take a moment to remember a threatened ancient Buddhist city with a 5,000+ year... (Read More)

21% Funded. 29 Days left in this campaign.

November 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi all, I am happy to report we are currently 21% funded.  Bad news is we have quite a mountain to climb to reach out goal in the next 29 days.   I am still confident we can make it, but I need your help to save this incredible ancient city. Please... (Read More)

A MUST WATCH - Protests in Thailand to save Mes Aynak

November 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi All, I had to share this - just incredible.   Citizens in Thailand (using still images from my film) protesting in front of the UN to get them to intervene to save this ancient Buddhist city from destruction in less than a month.... (Read More)

Saving Mes Aynak for future generations.

November 13th - via: kickstarter.com
We are not fighting to save Mes Aynak just for ourselves - we are trying to preserve Afghanistan's history for future generations.   Check out this inspiring image of young students in Thailand lining up to sign petitions to save this ancient... (Read More)

100 Backers - 14% funded in three days!

November 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you all for the tremendous outpouring of support for this project!  We have 100 supporters in three days and have raised 14% of the total goal!   I wanted to pass on some news.  I was interviewed on BBC's/WGBH's "The World" this morning and... (Read More)

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