Today's unusual photo shows a detail of a photo collage by Amanda Richards, and is provided by the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana. A picture of Georgetown's Rameshwar Ashram temple is part of the front cover of this year's International Religious Freedom Report, which was released on November 17.
Guyanese enjoy friendships across Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths. The Charge d'Affaires Thomas Pierce gave opening remarks at last week's Diwali Festival of Lights celebration for embassy employees. Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Anwar Pandith made her first visit to South America's Caribbean coast by visiting Guyana a few weeks ago. Facebook fans are now voting on the Embassy's photo competition, which includes a dazzling array of images, such as a cross, a mosque and the deity of Lord Krishna, illustrating in vivid color the interfaith harmony in Guyana.
Speaking at the official launch of the International Religious Freedom Report, Secretary Clinton said, "This report reflects a broad understanding of religious freedom, one that begins with private beliefs and communal religious expression, but doesn't end there. Religious freedom also includes the right to raise one's children in one's faith, to share one's faith peacefully with others, to publish religious materials without censorship, to change one's religion -- by choice, not coercion, and to practice no religion at all. And it includes the rights of faith communities to come together in social service and public engagement in the broader society."
This week's photo mosaic reinforces that idea of diverse parts of the broader community coming together -- and shows how differences linked together in harmony can create a beautiful image.
Additional photos from U.S. Embassy Guyana are available here.