Photo Of The Moment | An Iraqi Christmas In Amman

REUTERS: An Iraqi Christian girl attends a Christmas mass at Chaldean Catholic church in Amman December 22, buy viagra 2010. Thousands of Iraqi Christians fled to neighboring Jordan following a spate of bombings that targeted churches in Iraqi cities in the past few years.

I thought this was a great capture. Maybe because it feels like the spirituality is almost palpable. With the Christmas lights faded in the background, the hands clasped, a young child reminding us of more innocent times. The photo is a reminder of the difficulties of living in this region. Of conflict. Of safe havens. Of wars. Of truce. How easily stability can be taken away in a heartbeat.

It is simply peaceful. Stripped of politics. Free.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

8 Comments

  • This is really precious, a picture of what Christmas is really all about. Your words beautifully define the reason why Christ came to earth, and why he came as a child. Merry Christmas back to you.

  • God bless Jordan,for it is the safe home for innocent and people suffering from hate,wars,and madness
    The Armenians,the Chechen,the Palestinians,the Iraqis and others

    How someone like Bush is walking free without a trial,says a lot about democracy,it’s a myth,it never existed.

    Christmas mass at Dec 22? I think it was a religious occasion or something,anyone Christian could please clarify?

  • Nadim, perhaps it is because the church calendar considers Advent’s beginning a month before the day of Christmas itself. It is a month of preparing hearts to receive the Saviour, so Christmas Mass is said weekly, if not daily, in some churches during Advent. It could also have been a day commemorating the life of a saint I am not familiar with.

  • “How someone like Bush is walking free without a trial,says a lot about democracy,it’s a myth,it never existed.”

    The fact that Bush left office peacefully at the end of his allowed second term, and was replaced by an elected President from the other party, shows that democracy does exist in the USA.

    Whether it exists in Iraq remains to be seen. Democracy is a difficult set of skills to learn. Give them ten years, or maybe twenty.

  • “Whether it exists in Iraq remains to be seen. Democracy is a difficult set of skills to learn. Give them ten years, or maybe twenty. How many dead Iraqis would you like to see Don Cox before Iraqis “learn” your sets of rules ?

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