Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims, intent on carrying out a
commemoration denied to them here for decades, are defying ongoing
bombings to converge on the holy city of Karbala.
Most of the pilgrims are in plastic sandals – some with only tape holding them together – during the three-day walk from Baghdad. Some push friends or relatives in wheelchairs and carry small children. A few wrap themselves in the white shrouds they want to be buried in if they die on the way.
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