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Afghanistan’s Lapis Lazuli Mines – Supply of Taliban Earnings?

Earlier than we get into the entire of Afghanistan’s Lapis Lazuli Mines subject…

First, I’ll set some floor guidelines for myself and ask that you simply kindly hold to the identical in any commenting (these are just about the principles I persist with for what I submit about, basically, so I can discern if it’s inside the realm of what our neighborhood is anticipating to study from me and in addition not contribute to any division or separation… sure subjects have a approach of doing that even when it’s not the unique intention)

Floor Guidelines

  1. No political dialogue – please put politics apart
  2. No spiritual dialogue – please put faith apart
  3. No vaccine dialogue – please put opinions apart (WTH does that should do with this subject? I don’t know — however one way or the other, recently, it finally ends up sneaking into every part so I’m simply placing it on the market… keep off this subject right here too.)
  4. No mentioning the final ethics of mining minerals (I’ve already written an opinion piece on that subject right here, be at liberty to dive in deep and remark there on that — BUT NOT HERE).

(Any rule-breaking feedback will merely be deleted… so please don’t trouble losing your time.)

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Fouling up Afghanistan’s Lapis Lazuli Mines

So yep, we’re speaking concerning the extraordinarily engaging + helpful semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli right here once more right now. In case you didn’t know, the out-of-the-way Afghan province of Badakshan has been the birthplace of many of the world’s lovely and extremely coveted Lapis Lazuli for not less than 6,000 years.

Afghanistan's Lapis Lazuli Mines

Regardless of being one of many poorest international locations on the planet, geologists worth Afghanistan’s historic mine shafts and mineral sources at roughly $1 trillion!!

Yeah, TRILLION with a “T”.

So right now I need to AGAIN, handle the subject of the Taliban fouling up Afghanistan’s cherished Lapis Lazuli mines (and that of different minerals too). It was beforehand reported that the Afghan Lapis Lazuli earnings have been being channeled instantly into the pockets of senior politicians, leaders, and high officers, however on the identical time, had additionally change into a significant supply of earnings for the Taliban and different revolutionary militias. After all, not being there in individual to witness this, I’ve been going off of the numerous experiences from each media and first-hand eye witness of mineral sellers from that space.

Phrase on the road is that:

All Afghan mineral sources (not simply lapis) have been the property of the federal government, however a number of years in the past the Badakshan mines have been commandeered by a former common, now-warlord, Abdul Malik.

By “leasing” the rights to make use of the mines out to unlawful miners, it now appears Malik primarily declared the mine his (and the Taliban’s) and is raking in hundreds of thousands of {dollars} per yr!

And, resulting from latest occasions, it appears that evidently The Taliban is now in FULL management (extra so now than ever earlier than!) of $1 trillion value of unlawful mining of minerals — stealing from Afghanistan’s extraordinary pure abundance.

Along with the corruption I’ve already addressed, Afghanistan ranks a measly one hundred and sixty fifth out of 180 international locations within the Transparency Worldwide’s newest evaluation/report on dishonest and prison commerce across the Earth.

The United Nations has approximated that the Taliban’s mineral earnings is their second-largest income. Opium being the primary.

Therefore, Afghan lapis is certainly a battle mineral — in case there was any doubt.

You possibly can learn extra on this subject on this BBC article in the event you like.


I’ve been reporting on it, researching, and making an attempt to carry consideration to this matter for 5 years:

It is a subject I’ve been fairly keen about —

but nonetheless uneasy about addressing for the exact same causes that it made me nervous once I first introduced it up again in 2016. However resulting from latest occasions, I really feel I’ve a accountability to carry it up… once more.

Afghanistan's Lapis Lazuli Mines

5 years in the past, when this drawback first got here to mild for me, I made a decision I’ve an obligation to benefit from the platform I’m very grateful to have right here in our on-line crystal neighborhood.  I made a decision to disregard my little uneasy sensations and vitality (once I get these emotions it often implies that I SHOULD share my ideas).

What offers me this anxiousness round addressing this subject?:

  • the controversy
  • the political vitality round it
  • probably not having all of the details straight
  • utilizing the phrase “Taliban” on the open Web

Ideas going by way of my head:

  • Possibly, some will get very indignant with me for bringing it up (as a result of it can go away them caught with lapis inventory they can not transfer.)
  • Possibly I’ll get canceled. (Can’t consider a cause why I ought to however nowadays, some get offended + “off to the races” social media goes — so WHO KNOWS!)
  • Possibly I’m improper to maintain bringing it up… however I really feel a stronger want than ever to carry consciousness to this case.


Properly, it appeared prior to now once I introduced it up — it was seen as an inconvenient fact that nobody actually needed to listen to about or faux wasn’t occurring. I may inform as a result of different subjects I talked or blogged about would get excessive engagement however this one?… type of stayed MUM.

“Sweep that shit beneath the crystal store rug!”

For each sure sellers and for some who needed to go on blissfully accumulating their Lapis and maybe pretending false ignorance, ignoring + burying their head within the sand gave them a useful permission slip I suppose.

Possibly I’m improper about this. And I’m not making an attempt to inform you what the answer right here is! I’m no skilled on this space and positively not certified to provide you with an answer. And I’m not doing this to purposely ruffle feathers both.

I simply need:

  1. you to learn
  2. inform you what I’m doing
  3. after which you possibly can discern for your self what the suitable factor FOR YOU to do is.

Hopefully, this time, along with your assist, this weblog submit and information will get extra eyes and a focus on it than the final two have. I simply need us all to have the data first after which you can also make an knowledgeable choice.

My mission is to create a educated Crystal Household in order that we will make clever + educated selections when including specimens to our sacred assortment.

Afghanistan's Lapis Lazuli Mines

Lapis scarab. Walters Artwork Museum [Public domain]

I don’t agree that merely ignoring it can remedy a rattling factor.

Not sorry.

Why else ought to we care and bear in mind?

It is a excellent instance of how unlawful commerce in a mineral that was left ignored + unchecked (for not less than 5 years that I do know of) can finally result in profiteering, exploitation and in addition open the door for teams just like the Taliban to thrive and take over.

Widespread Afghan Minerals

Lapis isn’t the one mineral to be careful for!

Different in style Afghan minerals embrace:

  • fluorite
  • numerous corundums: rubies, sapphires
  • numerous quartz
  • numerous tourmaline
  • emerald
  • garnet
  • numerous beryls: aquamarine, emeralds
  • kunzite
  • topaz

What I’m Doing

I’m nonetheless sticking to my previous game-plan:

Once I first realized of the problem, I made a decision years in the past to not buy ANY Lapis Lazuli till I hear that issues have been restored to regular there. Sadly, it’s clear that issues have gotten worse.

Once I addressed this again in 2016, I additionally determined to change our required college provides for my Licensed Crystal Practitioner Course to ensure to not embrace any lapis in any respect.

Afghanistan's Lapis Lazuli Mines

Used with permission. (picture credit score: fr:Person:Luna04 )

So, I’m nonetheless not buying any new lapis (even when it’s been round in somebody’s store for years) — as a result of that may create a void, a requirement within the provide chain; a necessity for the store proprietor to get extra for another person. (Except that store proprietor chooses to not carry Lapis).

No, I’m not dumping or eliminating the lapis I had acquired earlier than this all got here to mild. What good would that do? Simply as I’ve acknowledged that my diamond marriage ceremony ring is most probably a Blood Diamond. We now know higher, we do higher. That’s the best way I see it anyway.

Please, don’t take that as a suggestion. I’m not preaching what anybody else ought to do. As I’ve stated earlier than, I don’t know what the suitable answer is! That is simply what I’ve determined to do and all I would like is the phrase to get out about this and for it to NOT be ignored. Maybe you possibly can submit answer or concept within the feedback beneath? However let’s please hold the dialogue OPEN on this and never shut it down.

In the event you’d like to assist; sharing this submit in as many locations as you possibly can consider could be actually supportive and helpful!

GOOD NEWS: You Have Lapis Choices!!!

Take a look at my suggestions right here on that.

not Afghanistan's Lapis Lazuli

This Lapis is from Chile, present extra gray (calcite) and no pyrite… nevertheless it’s nonetheless the actual deal.

The following pointers (hyperlink above) haven’t modified since 2016. 🙂

Pretend Lapis is an Situation Too!

Ugh. The fakes. One other factor to be careful for.

Sure, as a result of excessive costs of lapis it’s a generally faked mineral.

In the event you’d like my assist in steering away from them you possibly can obtain my FREE 9 Ideas for Recognizing Pretend Lapis Lazuli pdf!  This may even subscribe you to my bi-weekly publication.

A Request 🙏

If that is resonating with you… in the event you agree with some or all my factors right here then —

**Please SHARE this information with different crystal lovers in order that all of us keep within the know and well-informed.

And no matter your ideas, please do share your remark beneath. I don’t thoughts a respectful debate in any respect. We will disagree and nonetheless be buddies. ♥ 🙂 However please do bear in mind to thoughts my guidelines from above. Thanks!

Crystal Blessings,

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