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Amazing photo and the caption by Emily Garthwaite.
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During the days of Saddam Hussein, it was banned to complete the Arba'een Pilgrimage. Pilgrims had the option of having their hand cut off in exchange for walking to Karbala, and many did. I heard a story of a man who returned for the Arba'een pilgrimage for the third time. He was requested to lay his hands down and have one removed. He explained he had already lost both his hands and in response, they shot him. Many on this journey were killed or imprisoned for a minimum of two years.
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Local Iraqis living on this route offered shelter to Shia Muslims and allowed them free passage during the night. They would even mark their homes to signal they were safe and cook all through the night. These children are from a large family who housed Shia Muslims during the days of Saddam Hussein. The men and women refused to be photographed, but they allowed me to photograph their children. It felt wrong to show their faces so I photographed them through the mokeb shelter they still use to shelter pilgrims.
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I travelled through Southern Iraq with an Iranian documentary film crew co-directing and photographing the Arba'een Pilgrimage. It remains the world's largest annual public gathering - attracting over 25 million Shia Muslim pilgrims.
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amazing photo and the caption by emily garthwaite.
follow her @emilygarthwaite
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during the days of saddam hussein, it was banned to complete the arba'een pilgrimage. pilgrims had the option of having their hand cut off in exchange for walking to karbala, and many did. i heard a story of a man who returned for the arba'een pilgrimage for the third time. he was requested to lay his hands down and have one removed. he explained he had already lost both his hands and in response, they shot him. many on this journey were killed or imprisoned for a minimum of two years.
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local iraqis living on this route offered shelter to shia muslims and allowed them free passage during the night. they would even mark their homes to signal they were safe and cook all through the night. these children are from a large family who housed shia muslims during the days of saddam hussein. the men and women refused to be photographed, but they allowed me to photograph their children. it felt wrong to show their faces so i photographed them through the mokeb shelter they still use to shelter pilgrims.


i travelled through southern iraq with an iranian documentary film crew co-directing and photographing the arba'een pilgrimage. it remains the world's largest annual public gathering - attracting over 25 million shia muslim pilgrims.


"arba'een should be listed in the guinness book of world records in several categories. the biggest annual gathering, longest continuous dining table, the largest number of people fed for free, the largest group of volunteers serving a single event, all under the imminent threat of suicide bombings and isis." sayed mahdi al-modarresi
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