In a devastated Turkish town, teenagers dream of joining the Kurdish guerrillas
Students feel the Ankara government sees them as enemies, not citizens, and hundreds are joining the PKK
Ahmet, 21, walks past a house where a man is smearing wet concrete on a wall riddled with bullet holes. A young girl balances over a massive mine crater that scars the street, filled with debris and muddy water.
“Look what this war has done to the neighbourhood,” Ahmet says, greeting the girl with a nod. A member of the Civil Defence Units (YPS) – formerly known as the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) – Ahmet voices doubts about this new urban conflict in #Turkey’s mainly Kurdish south-east. “I believe in autonomy, but these methods are wrong, they hurt us.”