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henna « Photo Contest: "Why Afghanistan Matters"

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Henna Hands


Two boys proudly display their Henna painted hands and fingers.

Photo by David Elmore of the United States of America.

Contest entry A0162.

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Colored Beard


In the muslim world, men sometimes dye their hair, beards and moustaches with henna, a natural dyestuff, which needs to be applied periodically in order to maintain its lustrous colour. In Afghanistan dyeing is very popular especially among Pashtun in the south. Muslim do so because they believe that the prophet Muhammad had done so and also because it was a remedy for headaches and dandruff.

Photo by Nasim Fekrat of Afghanistan.

Contest entry A0043.

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Parade Rest


An Afghan Border Policeman, whose hands are painted in the style of Henna, stands at parade rest in formation during training with U.S. Soldiers on Combat Outpost Herrera, Paktiya province, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2009.

Photo by Andrew Smith of the United States of America.

Contest entry C00012

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