Iran pilgrims flock to Iraq for Arbaeen

A Muslim Shiite pilgrim carries a religious flag displaying Imam Hussein in Baghdad, on December 8, 2014, as they walk to Karbala for the Arbaeen religious festival. Arbaeen marks the 40th day after Ashura and commemorates the 7th-century killing of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Hussein. By Ammar Karim Iranian pilgrims are pouring across the border … Read more

Nigerian women in Kano taking off hijab over suicide bomber fears

A security guard keeps watching on shoppers inside Shoprite, a retail shop in northern Nigerian’s largest city of Kano on August 12, 2014. Women in north Nigeria’s largest city Kano are abandoning their traditional religious dress after a spate of suicide bombings by young girls with explosives under their hijab. By Aminu Abubakar KANO, August … Read more

How Palestine’s last keffiyeh factory is helping olive trees to flourish

Hirbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original keffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Hirbawi. Photo by Eloise Bollack Environmental activist Morgan Cooper found a sustainable way to fund the planting of trees in Palestine for its people: selling local artisanal products online. She … Read more

Life in a refugee camp

Many years after fleeing into exile, Sazan M Mandalawi returns to her homeland to help youth whose lives are on hold. I was born a refugee in Iranian Kurdistan. A year before my birth, Saddam Hussein launched a campaign of genocide against the Kurdish people; thousands in the Kurdish city of Halabja, Iraq were killed by a … Read more