Emily Garthwaite is an active photojournalist currently specializing in the Middle East. The image below is an interesting effect. It seems that the photographer liked it so much that she did something similar with her infant nephew. This is merely speculation, but it is possible the artist composed the shot this way to accommodate the requirements of her subjects, many of whom are Shiite.
Al Hillah was one of the areas hit hard by the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and Garthwaite is, in part, documenting life in the aftermath.