Published April 18, 2012
After hearing about the "Turkish model" while reporing on the Arab Spring, Jenna Krajeski decided to dig deeper. Her research led her to the Kurds and the Turkish government's record on human rights. Specifically, she discovered the story of the "stone-throwing kids," Kurdish youth who were arrested after throwing stones at police. Because of Turkey's strict anti-terror laws, these children, many as young as 12 years old, were convicted as adults for terrorism.
In July 2010, Turkey softened its laws and released some of these prisoners. Krajeski looks at what life after prison is like for these young Kurds: How has their prison experiences affected their outlook on Turkey and Kurdistan?