Naseem Tarawnah

An Iraqi Christmas In Amman

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REUTERS: An Iraqi Christian girl attends a Christmas mass at Chaldean Catholic church in Amman December 22, 2010. Thousands of Iraqi Christians fled to neighboring Jordan following a spate of bombings that targeted churches in Iraqi cities in the past few years.

I thought this was a great photo. Maybe because the spirituality is almost palpable. With the Christmas lights faded in the background, the hands clasped, a young child reminding us of more innocent times. The photo is a reminder of the difficulties of living in this region. Of conflict. Of safe havens. Of wars. Of truce. How easily stability can be taken away in a heartbeat.

It is simply peaceful. Stripped of politics. Free.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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