Katarina Lloyd Jones, Tea in a Warzone (TRAVEL 2023)

In July 2022, I spent a month living and documenting the stories of PKK members in Kurdish Iraq. These images are representative of a unique period of Kurdish history, with a percentage of them living in an autonomous Kurdistan (Kurdish Region of Iraq) while the majority still live under extreme oppression in Turkey, Syria and Iran. In addition, those that sympathise with the PKK and Rojava in Kurdish Iraq are being brutally suppressed despite their new rulers being Kurdish themselves. These images aim to provoke a new understanding of what it means to be a freedom fighter today; particularly when the rest of the world deems you as a terrorist.

Images have been resized for web display, which may cause some loss of image quality. Note: Original high-resolution images are used for judging.