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Documenting the Hajj Pilgrimage with Photojournalist @ahmadmousa

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Photojournalist Ahmad Mousa (@ahmadmousa) works to tell the stories of people from different backgrounds. “My favorite subjects are people’s lives, how they are different from one community to another. What are the things that we don’t normally see or don’t know about?” he says.

Ahmad became interested in photography as a teenager, and at the age of 19 began his career as a photojournalist in his native country of Iraq. Now 26 years old, Ahmad recently traveled on assignment to document hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest annual gatherings of people. Despite the usual challenges of meeting deadlines for work, he says the experience of meeting the diverse people undertaking the five-day Islamic pilgrimage was incredible. “There were so many people there from different countries around the world,” says Ahmad. “Sometimes I’d try to talk to them, or they would try to talk to me, but we’d usually end up using hand signs because we didn’t speak each other’s language.”

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