Cemetery of “miracles” .

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“”” At a small cemetery in Kandahar city, 480km south of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, two young children approach a gravesite.

They immediately head to the bowls of salt placed next to a mass grave. They pick up some grains of salt, place them in a bag and leave.

They say they were sent by their parents to bring some of the salt home in the belief that it will help cure their young son.

According to local beliefs, the only hope for those who are sick and disabled is to eat this salt.

Nematullah, a resident of Kandahar who was praying nearby told us that after placing the salt on his leg wound, he got better.”No doctor was able to help me. And I am not the only one. I saw a man who couldn’t walk but after spending a few days here and eating the salt … he is now able to walk and work.”

This graveyard on the edge of Kandahar is popularly referred to as the ‘Arab cemetery’ and has become a pilgrimage site for many.

Some 97 Arab and foreign fighters along with their family members are buried here following the fiercest battles fought during the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. (…) “””[Al Jazeera]


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