Iraq Portfolio 2010

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Joma Sanir submerges himself in water during evening prayers at the Mandean temple in Basra, Iraq, May 16, 2010. The Mandean religious sect, with practices drawn from the time of John the Baptist, requires moving water such as a river for their religious rites. The Basra Mandeans use an indoor water tank, because the canal outside the temple is too polluted. Flow of the Shatt al Arab river, which runs from Qurna to the Persian Gulf and feeds Basra's canals, has been cut drastically by dams in Syria, Turkey and Iran.