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Funeral Procession for Commander of N...
Baghdad
By Ahmad Mousa
14 Apr 2015

April 14, 2015
Baghdad, Iraq

A large funeral procession took place in Baghdad for Zaid Jasim, a commander of the Nujaba Movement Shiite militia, who was killed in clashes with ISIS in Tikrit.

Video shows Zaid Jasim's coffin being carried on the back of a car at the front of the procession and crowds of mourners and many vehicles stopping the traffic on a busy road, playing military-style music and flying yellow Nujaba Movement flags.

The Nubaja Movement is one of the Shiite militias who make up al-Hashid al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) and are fighting against ISIS in the western and northern Iraqi provinces.

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A Hero Found: Missing Soldier Returns...
Gilan, Sangar, ُSangar Road, Iran
By Hosain Nazari
07 Mar 2015

Born 16 july 1968 in Shahrestan village, near the northern Iranian city of Rasht, Mohammad Ali Hasanjani was only 18 years old when he was deployed by the Iranian Army on the frontlines of the Iran-Iraq war. Soon after he was killed and his body never recovered. For 27 years he lay missing, buried amidst the wreckage of war, his family having no remains with which to mourn. However, after missing for 27 years, Mohammad's body was found and he was recently returned home to his village for a hero's funeral. 

During the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1989) hundreds of thousands of soldiers were killed on both sides. In Iran, people who were killed in the conflict were declared martyrs, or heroes for their country. Due to the chaotic and exceptionally deadly nature of the war, many soldiers went missing in battle. At the end of the war, the search began to find those missing in action and the mission continues to this day. Many of those soldiers who are found are never identified. However, in some cases, like that of Mohammad Ali Hasanjani, missing soldiers are indentified and returned home for a long overdue funeral. 

These photos chronicle the funeral of Mohammad Ali Hasanjani 27 years after he was killed. 

 

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Yazidi Hero's Funeral
Nineveh
By Abdulkhaliq Al Jawari
27 Oct 2014

October 27, 2014
Nineveh, Iraq

Hundreds of Yazidis attended the funeral of Kheri Murad Sheikh Khedr, who was killed on the evening of Wednesday 22nd of October in Sukeniya, an area in the Sinjar Mountains. Sheikh Khedr was killed by a mortar in clashes between ISIS and Yazidis on the Sinjar Mountain. Hundreds of mourners gathered in the Lalesh Temple where they wrapped Sheikh Khedr’s coffin in a Kurdish flag and carried it to the temple’s graveyard to be buried. Khedr is the first person that is not affiliated to the temple to be buried in its grounds. The funeral was led by high profile government and religious figures and attended by a large number of Yazidis. The flute and the tambourine that are being played at the graveside are part of a Yazidi religious ritual performed at funerals.

Full 20 minutes of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar available: www.transterramedia.com/media/49075

Transcription:

(00:00-00:40) Yazidi (woman, Kurdish): “To the person who has served the Yazidis religion faithfully and to who has defended the innocent, your bravery will always remain with us.”

(00:39-00:50) The man wearing a black suit, standing in the middle, is Saeed Shenkali a Kurdish Party Official. The man wearing white on the left is Baba Jawich, the head cleric of the Lalesh Temple

(03:29-03:31) The man kneeling on the grave, (man, Kurdish): “This is a hero, a martyr, who died in the Sukeniya area in Sinjar. He sacrificed his life to serve his people and he fought the ISIS terrorists. He remained in his position and did not retreat and so generations will tell tales of his glory.”

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (7 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 May 2013

A flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (15 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A police officer secures the area waiting for the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (14 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A police officer secures the area waiting for the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (13 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A street cleaner works near a protestor after the funeral ceremony of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St. Paul's cathedral in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (12 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A woman poses with a soldier who escorted the flag-draped coffin carrying the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to St. Paul's cathedral in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (11 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A woman holds a sign as the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrives at St. Paul's cathedral in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (10 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

Police secure the area after the flag-draped coffin carrying the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrived at St. Paul's cathedral in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (9 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

People film the scene after the flag-draped coffin carrying body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrived at St. Paul's cathedral in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (8 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013..PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (6 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

Soldiers walk away after they escorted the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (5 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

Police officers secure the area as they wait for the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (4 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

Soldiers walk away after escorting the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (3 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A small group of protestors gather as they wait for the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (2 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A small group of protestors gather as they wait for the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (1 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A police officer secures the area, waiting for the flag-draped coffin carrying the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain, on 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral
London, England
By U.S. Editor
17 Apr 2013

Onlookers watch as the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon and Hungduan exhume their death as form of love and respect to their departed family members and relatives. They feast, celebrate and offer prayers to the dead for three days…

Despite Christianity had penetrated the sacred mountains of Ifugao and most Ifugaonons are converted to this dominating religion in the Philippines, they still practice this taboo and bizarre ritual and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during the “Bogwa”.

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Health, Death and Poverty in Indigeno...
San Jorge La Laguna , Solola, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jul 2012

Mourners carry the coffin to the cemetery during the funeral for Rodrigo, who passed away after 7 years of suffering from diabetes and nutritional deficiencies. In his last months, the 49 year-old father of five, decided not to seek further treatment in order to save his family the financial burden.

In Guatemala, death too often represents a heavy financial burden. On top of their daily struggle to secure money for food and necessities, many families have to deal not only with grief but also with huge debts for the wake and funeral.

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Health, Death and Poverty in Indigeno...
San Jorge La Laguna , Solola, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jul 2012

Mourners carry the coffin to the cemetery during the funeral of Rodrigo, who passed away after 7 years of suffering from diabetes and nutritional deficiencies. In his last months, the 49 year-old father of five, decided not to seek further treatment in order to save his family the financial burden.

In Guatemala, death too often represents a heavy financial burden. On top of their daily struggle to secure money for food and necessities, many families have to deal not only with grief but also with huge debts for the wake and funeral.

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Health, Death and Poverty in Indigeno...
San Jorge La Laguna , Solola, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jul 2012

Mourners carry the coffin to the cemetery during the funeral of Rodrigo, who passed away after 7 years of suffering from diabetes and nutritional deficiencies. In his last months, the 49 year-old father of five, decided not to seek further treatment in order to save his family the financial burden.

In Guatemala, death too often represents a heavy financial burden. On top of their daily struggle to secure money for food and necessities, many families have to deal not only with grief but also with huge debts for the wake and funeral.

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Health, Death and Poverty in Indigeno...
San Jorge La Laguna , Solola, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jul 2012

Mourners share the last moments with the deceased during a funeral for Rodrigo, who passed away after 7 years of suffering from diabetes and nutritional deficiencies. In his last months, the 49 year-old father of five, decided not to seek further treatment in order to save his family the financial burden.

In Guatemala, death too often represents a heavy financial burden. On top of their daily struggle to secure money for food and necessities, many families have to deal not only with grief but also with huge debts for the wake and funeral.

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Health, Death and Poverty in Indigeno...
San Jorge La Laguna , Solola, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jul 2012

Mourners share their last moments with the deceased during the funeral of Rodrigo, who passed away after 7 years of suffering from diabetes and nutritional deficiencies. In his last months, the 49 year-old father of five, decided not to seek further treatment in order to save his family the financial burden.

In Guatemala, death too often represents a heavy financial burden. On top of their daily struggle to secure money for food and necessities, many families have to deal not only with grief but also with huge debts for the wake and funeral.

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Health, Death and Poverty in Indigeno...
San Jorge La Laguna , Solola, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jul 2012

Family members mourn during the funeral of Rodrigo, who passed away after 7 years of suffering from diabetes and nutritional deficiencies. In his last months, the 49 year-old father of five, decided not to seek further treatment in order to save his family the financial burden.

In Guatemala, death too often represents a heavy financial burden. On top of their daily struggle to secure money for food and necessities, many families have to deal not only with grief but also with huge debts for the wake and funeral.

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Remembering Srebrenica (22 of 25)
Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By giulianocamarda
10 Jul 2011

Women crying over their relative's coffin inside the hangar of Potochari before burial ceremony

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family members and friends of the deceased. View notice boards displaying photographs of the 353 stampede victims outside Calmette Hospital. The vast majority of the victims were female and adultescents. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family members and friends of the deceased. View the notice boards displaying photographs of the stampede victims outside Calmette Hospital the following day. The stampede began at 21:30 local time (14:30 UTC) on a bridge across the Tonlé Sap river, though witnesses said that people had been "stuck on the bridge" for several hours before, and victims were not freed until hours after the actual stampede occurred. 353 people died, and upwards of 755 more people were injured, some seriously, and many local hospitals were pushed far beyond capacity by the influx of victims. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family members of the deceased. View the notice boards displaying photographs of the stampede victims outside Calmette Hospital the following day. The stampede began at 21:30 local time (14:30 UTC) on a bridge across the Tonlé Sap river, though witnesses said that people had been "stuck on the bridge" for several hours before, and victims were not freed until hours after the actual stampede occurred. 353 people died, and upwards of 755 more people were injured, some seriously, and many local hospitals were pushed far beyond capacity by the influx of victims. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family members travelled from all over Cambodia to Phnom Penh. In order to identify and prepare family members for burial. The vast majority of the victims were female and adultescents. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family members travelled from all over Cambodia to Phnom Penh. In order to identify and prepare family members for burial. The vast majority of the victims were female and adultescents. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family member grieves at Calmette Hospital after identifying victim of the stampede. The vast majority of the victims were female and adultescents. Many of the victims had travel from rural areas of Cambodia to celebrate in the Water Festival or were students studying in Phnom Penh. This meant family members had to travel great distances in order to identify victims. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Two women looking shocked and exausted at Calmette Hospital. Family members travelled from all over Cambodia to Phnom Penh. In order to identify and prepare family members for burial. The vast majority of the victims were female and adultescents. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Once a coffin was detained, family members layed the victims body and carried coffins to army trucks which will deliver coffins to the families home towns and allow families to mourn and bury the deceased. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Once a coffin was detained, family members layed the victims body and carried coffins to army trucks which will deliver coffins to the families home towns and allow families to mourn and bury the deceased. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Once a coffin was detained, family members layed the victims body and carried coffins to army trucks which will deliver coffins to the families home towns and allow families to mourn and bury the deceased. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

People desperately rushed and struggled to detain a coffin, which were being delivered through out the day. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Once a coffin was detained, family members layed the victims body and carried coffins to army trucks which will deliver coffins to the families home towns and allow families to mourn and bury the deceased. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010