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SULAIMANIYAH, IRAQ:  Sheikh Khalid Konapowshi, age 25, of Meriwan, Iran demonstrates his devotion to God by participating in self-flagellation.  Friday April 30, 2010...This festival is an annual celebration for the followers of Sheikh Qadr Kesnazani, and was held later in the year to coincide with the birth of the prophet Mohammed, and allow for the the celebration to be held outside in Barzinji.  ..Photo by Aram Karim
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