Volunteers offer food to fellow pilgrims as thousands of Shiites heading toward Karbala prepare to cross the Mehran border point between Iran and Iraq.
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Holy journey: Shiite pilgrims trek to KarbalaMillions of Shiites from around the world are making their way this week to their sect's holy shrines in the Iraqi city of Karbala, a pilgrimage that is as much about community as it is about religion. The shrines are of two revered Shiite imams: Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, and his half brother Abbas. The annual commemoration, called Arbaeen, draws more pilgrims each year according to Iraqi figures than the hajj in Saudi Arabia, a pilgrimage required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it.In recent years, the Iraqi government says Karbala received 10-20 million visitors during the event, with many Shiite pilgrims coming from Iraq.Iran, the region's Shiite power, exerts considerable sway over Iraqi politics through its support for Shiite parties and government-backed militias.
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