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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Can Afghans Profit from Natural Wealth?

August 24th, 2010
03:09 PM ET
An aerial view of part of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan.
An aerial view of part of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan.

In the mountains of Bamyan Province, 80 miles from Kabul, the Hajigak Iron Deposit is said to be the largest known undeveloped iron ore deposit in the world.

In the mountain range stretching 15 miles there are almost 2 billion metric tons of amazingly pure iron ore.

This September, the government of Afghanistan will offer a tender for mining rights here hoping to attract international companies.

On Connect the World, at 2000 GMT, we look at the vast array of minerals Afghanistan has and a recent discovery: 1.8 billion barrels of crude oil, plus natural gas.

The Minister of Mines says it could be as much as three trillion. And only 30% of the country has been explored.

But can the Afghan government assure its people will reap the benefits the potential benefits? Or will this siphon into the hands of corrupt groups and government leaders?

Leave us all your thoughts on this subject in our comments section below and we'll feature some of them on tonight's program.

Tuesday's Connector: Andrew White

August 24th, 2010
10:49 AM ET
Canon Andrew White is your Connector of the Day..

Canon Andrew White is your Connector of the Day..

There aren’t many Anglican vicars who wear bullet-proof vests. Canon Andrew White is one of them.

Known as the "vicar of Baghdad", he works at Saint George’s - the only Anglican Church in Iraq.

In the past, the building and the clinic next door has come under attack. But despite the tough working conditions, Canon White says there's nowhere he'd rather be.

White, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is also the chief executive of the foundation for relief and reconciliation in the Middle East –an organization which aims to bring together political and religious leaders in the region.

Recently, he brought a group of Iraqi children back to the UK with him for a holiday.

A man who many admire, Canon Andrew White is dedicated to uniting people of different faiths.

Want to know how he feels about the current situation in Iraq or about his life living in Baghdad? Here's your chance to quiz Andrew White. Leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.