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Iraqi Kurds
JANUARY 2006
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A Tolerant Culture
Photograph by Ed Kashi

Saints of the Shiite Muslims adorn rugs for sale in Erbil, capital of the Kurdish region in the far north of Iraq—and a place where most of the population is Sunni Muslim. In the 1980s Saddam Hussein persecuted Iraq's nearly six million Kurds—whatever their religion—killing tens of thousands and tearing countless families from their homes. Protected in the 1990s by an internationally enforced no-fly zone, the Kurds flourished. Now, under the leadership of Jalal Talabani, Iraq's first Kurdish president, they're helping to reshape the country—but with reservations. Polls show that what they really want is an independent country of their own.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 17mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/6.3
Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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