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Fleeting Youth
Photograph by Matt Moyer, WorldPictureNews

Noel Abdel Wahid receives help from a young neighbor while trying on a hijab, or head scarf, at her family's home in Sadr City. While wearing the hijab is a personal choice, Wahid will likely bow to the wishes of her husband: At age 14 she has reluctantly agreed to wed her cousin, largely because of the $400 dowry her needy family would receive.

Women's dress has recently caused controversy in Iraq. Since the end of Saddam's secular reign, several Shiite clerics have delivered edicts that prevent women from entering mosques and other holy places without wearing the abaya, an all-encompassing black garment covering a woman from head to toe. And female students at universities in Baghdad have been urged not to wear pants or even hijabs that leave the head partially uncovered.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 17-35mm Nikon
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: 3 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Fill flash and flash blur


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