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Valley of Peace
Photograph by Matt Moyer, WorldPictureNews

Mourners file past tombs in the sprawling Valley of Peace cemetery in Najaf, one of the largest cemeteries in the world. Several million Shiites are buried here, a site considered auspicious because of its proximity to the tomb of Imam Ali, the revered seventh-century Shiite leader. Despite its deep religious significance, the Valley of Peace has not been immune from the country's political turmoil. During the 1980s underground crypts served as hiding places for Shiite men avoiding service in the Iran-Iraq war, and, in 1991 following the uprising, Saddam ordered parts of the cemetary bulldozed.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17-35mm Nikon
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: 5 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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