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Saturday April 19th 2014

An uncertain future for Iraq’s Sabean Mandaeans

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John Wreford is a freelance photojournalist based in Damascus. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, FT and the Los Angeles Times. He has also worked on projects with the European Union and the United Nations in Syria.

Sabean Mandaeans are a small Gnostic sect that moved from Palestine to the regions of south Iraq and west Iran around the second century AD. Followers of John the Baptist, Mandaeans have been greatly affected by the violence in Iraq.

For more information on Mandaeans in Damascus click here.

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