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O-H-I-O from Northern Iraq

2007 International Photography Exhibition
“O-H-I-O from Northern Iraq"
Location: Mosul Region, Iraq
Photographer: Pete Dragonette
Category: OSU Spirit
Award: 2nd Place

In the photographer's words: "The picture was taken in Lalish, at the Yazidi temple.  The boys were locals, who live near the temple.  Yazidis make up an important Iraqi minority.  Estimates of the size of the Iraqi communities vary significantly, between 70,000 and 150,000.  The principal holy site is in Lalish, northeast of Mosul.  This photo was taken while on an active peace keeping deployment in the area."