Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Christmas in Iraq

Christmas in Iraq

A soldier stands atop the Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, in east Baghdad, as congregants attend Christmas mass. The church was struck by a suicide car bomb on July 12, 2009, that left four people dead and 21 wounded. (Click on the photo for a larger version)


Baghdad Diary: Hope and Heartache

Prashant’s note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on July 14, 2009. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao Since I arrived in Baghdad, by far the most frequent question I am asked by friends and family back home has to do with what the country is like, and I’m increasingly [...]


‘South Asian Safari’ opens English retirees’ minds

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on October 22, 2006. It can be found here. LEICESTER, England (AFP) – Asaf Hussain takes retirees from the countryside on a cultural “safari” of one of England’s most ethnically-diverse cities — and is finding himself increasingly in demand. “The 34 people sitting in front [...]


Najaf rushes to get ready as Islamic culture capital

Najaf rushes to get ready as Islamic culture capital

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 15, 2011. It can be found here. NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – A half-billion-dollar effort to showcase Iraq’s holiest Shiite city to the world is coming down to the wire as many contracts remain unsigned and funds are being hastily re-allocated. Preparations for [...]


Iraqi city sees hotel boom as pilgrims proliferate

Iraqi city sees hotel boom as pilgrims proliferate

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 13, 2011. It can be found here. NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – The holy Shiite city of Najaf in central Iraq, home to the shrine of a revered cleric, is in the midst of a hotel building boom in a bid to dramatically [...]