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Journey to Karbala

"I came to Karbala six months ago, at the first opportunity after the war, with my two sons," Mohsen said.

"That time we crossed the border illegally, walking eight hours across mountains, guided by people smugglers.

"This time we travelled here more comfortably by bus. The border is open to Iranian pilgrims during Ashoura. You don't even need to show your passport."

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