This Fire Never Dies
One Year With the PKK
‘This is old-fashioned journalism with the reporter going amongst the people to tell their story. Geerdink is embedded, surely, but not with the state; she embeds herself fully with the people and with the PKK. A fast-paced read for a long and protracted struggle.’ – Vijay Prashad, author of Washington Bullets
Fréderike Geerdink’s This Fire Never Dies is a gripping account of her year spent with the Kurdish political and guerrilla group, the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). She bravely goes into the PKK camps, meeting the fighters and talking to their leaders about their ambitions and their political view. Few journalists have taken the time not only to document the PKK’s views but to also try and understand the commitment and the fragility of the PKK fighters, and the views and habits of the ordinary villagers whose land remains a war zone between the Turkish state and the Kurdish fighters.