Kobane, Kobani, Suruç, Kurdistan, Kurd, Kurdish, solidarity, war, refugees, Middle-East, Syria, Turkey, ISIS, Daesh

The Edge of the War

A few months ago I lay in a tent 10km from the Syrian border, feeling the ground quake as the coalition bombed ISIS throughout the night. From Mahser, the Kurdish village a mere 1km from Kobane, I saw smoke mushrooming out above the besieged city.

Armenia, Ani, Kars, Turkey, Anatolia, history, hitchhiking

Hitchhiking Ancient Armenia

It’s the middle of December and we’re taking the longest road possible from the North-East to the South-West corner of Anatolia, through East Turkey, or North Kurdistan, or Western Armenia – depending on who you’re speaking to.

The Place that Doesn’t Exist

3-7th October, 2012 I mention to our host that we would travel through Kurdistan. His reply is immediate – “There’s no such place.” We’re staying in Mersin with a Kurdish friend, in a flat full of musicians, in a tall noisy tower-block across from the sea. Electro-pop music judders up the building from the bar…