Bashir Zamiri shows some of the gem stones which he has cut at a gem cutting school in Kunduz September 1, 2013. Zamiri is one of the stars of the project, having won several scholarships that enabled... more 
Bashir Zamiri shows some of the gem stones which he has cut at a gem cutting school in Kunduz September 1, 2013. Zamiri is one of the stars of the project, having won several scholarships that enabled him to attend classes in Jaipur, the Indian jewellery centre, and Bombay. He came back a couple of weeks ago and wants to spread his knowledge among the other pupils. The German government supports the school in order to promote economic development in the region. The pupils work mainly on blue Lapis lazuli stones that are mined in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, where most of the world's Lapis lazuli come from. The objective is to keep the added value in Afghanistan by teaching people how to cut the stones and manufacture them into pieces of jewellery instead of exporting the raw stones to Pakistan and leaving them the profit as it is being done mostly up to now. Picture taken September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sabine Siebold (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT EDUCATION COMMODITIES) less 
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