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Near the Kabul River


Pigeons gather, hoping for a handout near the Kabul River.

Photo by G. Pieper of the Netherlands.

Contest entry A0159.

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The Shrine of Hazrat Ali is home to thousands of white pigeons considered to be sacred. The spot is said to be so holy if a gray pigeon should join the flock it will become white in 40 days. Feeding these birds brings good fortune.

Photo by Nasim Fekrat of Afghanistan.

Contest entry B0024.

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