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Kurds and the PKK in Turkey

The PKK, or Kurdistan Workers Party, is outlawed in Turkey and considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The rebel group was founded by Abdullah Ocalan in the 1970s, with the goal of creating an independent Kurdish state. Ocalan was captured in 1999, but he remains a hero and continues to represent the Kurdish struggle.
Women are allowed to become fighters in the PKK, unlike in the Turkish military. The three women's stories in this reportage offer an insight into what life was like as a PKK fighter during the height of the war (the PKK began its separatist campaign in 1984) and of what it might be like to be a fighter in the mountains of Turkey today as the war continues. Moreover, these accounts explain the struggles for a woman reintegrating herself into Turkish society after spending many years in the mountains and in prison.

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