IRAQI SHI'ITES WALK ON FIRST PILGRIMMAGE TO KERBALA IN 35 YEARS.
Iraqi Shi'ites in the Iraqi town of Taleya participate in the pilgrimmage of
hundreds of miles to the sacred city of Kerbala, April 17, 2003, for the
first time in 35 years. The ousting of Saddam Hussein's government by
U.S.-led forces has opened the way for the pilgrimage, one of the holiest
events in the Shi'ite calendar, to be held again on April 23 after being
banned for quarter of a century. Imam Hussein, the son-in-law of the Prophet
Mohammad, was killed in a battle in Kerbala, 75 km (50 miles) south of
Baghdad, and the pilgrimage - Arbaiin - marks the 40th day after his death.
Pictures of the month April 2003 PP03040058 REUTERS/Ruben Sprich