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By: Samantha Johnson on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:22 p.m.
The Band-e-Amir Lakes

Photo: Associated Press

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First national park in Afghanistan

The Band-e-Amir Lakes region has officially been declared Afghanistan's first national park. Before the Taliban takeover in 1996, the area was very popular with tourists, and environmental program director Mustafa Zahir hopes to make it so again. His dream is that the park will become a new symbol of national unity and peace.