The image of this grieving mother was constructed out of white marble to commemorate the victims of Tajikistan’s 1949 Khait (Hoyit) earthquake and landslide (20km long and 1km wide). As many as 28,000 people may have died and the bodies that could be recovered are in a mass grave behind the statue.
Now, this is no 1,500 year old Buddha, but it was by Soviet standards a beautiful and meaningful monument. And the locals likely had a lot of emotions tied into this memorial.
Unfortunately, this monument was located in the Karategin (Rasht) valley, next to the Yarhich River between Jirgitol and Gharm where field commanders of the Islamic Rebirth Party held territory during the Tajik Civil War. Unfortunately, the Grieving Mother of Hoyit was “unIslamic” and had to go. So they destroyed it. I thought at first that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan may have had a hand in this, but I can’t quite match the timelines with the available info. I’ll ask when I go there (and get an “honest” answer, I’m sure).
For more info you will need to google “Скорбящая мать Хаита,” (lit. “Bereaved Mother of Khait”) as most of the writing is in Russian.
Do not judge the bereaved mother.
She comes in many forms.
She is breathing, but she is dying.
She may look young, but inside she has become ancient.
She smiles, but her heart sobs.
She walks, she talks, she cooks, she cleans, she works, she IS, but
she IS NOT, all at once.
She is here, but part of her is elsewhere for eternity..