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Jenna Krajeski Reports on a Kurdistan Divided and United

Journalist Jenna Krajeski discusses her project "Opportunity and Oppression in a Divided Kurdistan."

From June 2012 through early 2013, Krajeski traveled from Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey to Erbil in northern Iraq, through the border towns and mountains along the way.

She reported from the deeply politicized refugee camps established in the 1990s for Turkish Kurds; new camps where young Syrian Kurdish men were being trained to fight by the Kurdistan peshmerga forces; and the mountains where guerillas ate stuffed peppers in a makeshift graveyard. In Erbil she talked to politicians and businesspeople, trying to understand how the burgeoning relationship between Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan might impact Kurds living in Turkey.