Aynak Copper Mine

 Written by: Muhammad Anwar Andar

Haidar and Malalai go to the castle. Haidar’s hand is wrapped with a bandage. Lalo Mama comes and after greeting, he asks Haidar about his wound. Haidar replies that he cut his finger when he was cutting grass with a sickle and now he suffers from bad pain and he thinks that the wound might be infected.

Lalo Mama says that there in Australia they have made a bandage that informs the person if his/her wound gets infected.

The guests want more information about the mentioned bandage. Lalo Mama takes them inside the castle and there in the corridor of the castle, he opens a window about this issue.


In the window, Toba and Huma are watching television at home. The spokesman talks about a bandage that glows when the wound becomes infected.

The spokesman says, “Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne used technology to create a low-cost, antibacterial bandage that glows ultraviolet light in the event of an infection at the wound site.

The researchers say that this bandage is very useful for treating any type of wound, including diabetes. When this bandage comes to the market, it simplifies the healing of wounds, because when the wound gets worse, the person realizes that he has an infection, sees a doctor in time, the wound heals quickly, and not much money is spent.”

Lalo Mama closes the window. The guests wish that this bandage finds in Afghanistan too. Meanwhile, Malalai sees a nice picture hanging on the wall of the corridor and he asks Lalo Mama about it.

Lalo Mama replies that this is the Aynak copper area in our country and then he opens another window for his guests’ information.


In the window, the reporter of the castling is talking to some juveniles about the Aynak copper mine.
A boy from Safid Sang village, Muhammad Agha district of Logar province says, “I have heard that the Aynak copper mine is located in Logar province but I don’t have more information about it.”

Musa, a resident of Muhammad Agha district says, “Aynak copper mine is located in Opran area, Muhammad Agha district. This mine has copper and some other jewels but I don’t know when they had discovered the mine.”

The reporter talks to Muhammad Anwar Tasking, professor at Polytechnic University in Kabul city. Taskeen says,  “The Aynak copper mine is located in the Aynak area of ​​Mohammad Agha district in Logar province, south of Kabul city, and is the first major copper mine in Afghanistan and the second largest in the world.

The total copper reserves at the Aynak copper mine are estimated at 11.3 million tons. Afghanistan will get about 350 million US dollars annually from this mine as well as create thousands of jobs for Afghans.

This mine was discovered in the year 1973, during the reign of Mohammad Zahir Shah. It’s said that this mine existed before Christ. Most of the relics are attributed to the Zoroastrian period.”

Lalo Mama closes this window too and wants the guests to share the information with their friends. When the guests want to leave the castle, Lalo  Mama stops them and opens the window of the listeners.


In the window, a boy talks about his memory. He says, “One Eid day I went with some of my friends for a picnic. When we ate lunch, one of my friends had shaken a can of coca-cola and he gave it to me for opening. When I opened it, all the cola spread to my new cloth and I had to go back home and change my clothes.”