Najaf, Iraq - Republic of
IRAQI SHIITE WOMAN WALKS TO KERBALA ON A PILGRIMAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME
IN 26 YEARS.
An Iraqi Shiite woman carries a black flag as she makes her way to the
central Iraqi city of Kerbala through a sand storm in the desert April 20,
2003. Tens of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims are bound for the holy city of
Kerbala on a pilgrimage banned for nearly a quarter of a century under
Saddam Hussein. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis