Wednesday March 23, Our World In Pictures
GREECE — UN Deal Struggles: A migrant boy shows a banner saying he wants to travel to Germany rather than camps set up by Turkish President Erdogan during a protest demanding the opening of the border between Greece and Macedonia in Idomeni on Wednesday. The United Nations refugee agency pulled out staff Tuesday from facilities on Lesbos and other islands being used to detain refugees and migrants as an international deal with Turkey came under further strain.
BANGLADESH — Holi Brings Color: A woman shuts her eyes as colored powder is smeared on her face during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Dhaka on Wednesday. The festival is celebrated by painting each other in bright pigments, distributing sweets and squirting water at one another. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil.
KOSOVO — Sheikh Pierces Follower: With a metal spear, Sheikh Adrihusein Shehu pierces a dervish, a follower of Sufisma, a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance and a search for understanding, during a ceremony marking Nowruz day in the Tekke’s prayer room in Prizren on Tuesday. The country’s dervish community carries on centuries-old mystical practices, such as self-piercing with needles and knives as a way to earn salvation and find the path to God.
YEMEN — Citizens Clash: Boys look through a hole made by a Saudi-led airstrike on a bridge in Sanaa on Wednesday. The country has been left fragmented by war pitting Shiite Houthi rebels and military units loyal to a former president against a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition supporting the internationally recognized government.
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