National Geographic : 2003 Jun
Early this morning Ifollowed a crowd of Shiites distributing food to the poor in observance of a special day in Muharram, the first month of the Muslim year. My guide asked why Iwas in such a hurry to get these shots, noting that this food distribution would continue throughout the month. Ifelt bad telling her what was painfully obvious to me: With war only days away, even the rich may soon go hungry. Shaima's wedding is today, and her father's house is in an uproar.The men have gone out, and I've stayed behind with the women to get ready. The bride is styling the hair of her young niece, the maid of honor. Spending so much money on a wedding right before a war seems absurd, but Shaima's family, like many, clings to a normal life. As one Iraqi told me, "Live today as if tomorrow doesn't exist."