The Bahá’ís celebrated for the first time publicly in Baghdad on November 30, 2017, the second anniversary of the birth of their Baha’ullah founder, on an occasion attended by representatives of the Iraqi Parliament, the High Commission for Human Rights, representatives of the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) Civil society and the press. It is the most important occasion for Bahá’ís and has been heavily restricted for 47 years. The Bahá’ís now find themselves in a position where an open Iraq is present giving more hope for them to openly declare their identity and begin recognition after decades of systematic abuse by the Saddam era regime.
Iraq has for a long time held one of the most diverse populations in the Middle East. Salam Mohammad a resident of Baghdad, aged 54, felt surprised when he learnt his neighbor of over 30 years was of the Baha’i faith. “It was November …
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