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Andy Spyra and Younes Mohammad


Rojava: Life and War in Kurdish Syria

[A normal scene in a schoolyard in al-Malikiyah (Derek in Kurdish), al-Hasaka Governorate, Syria, where life goes on as usual since there has been little fighting in this region of Syria. Photo by Andy Spyra.]

Photos by Andy Spyra and Younes Mohammad. Text by Andy Spyra. In early October this year Younes and I left Erbil, the Kurdish capital of northern Iraq, heading straight to the border crossing at Fish Khabour, located in the triangle between Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Six hours later we arrived to see dozens of Syrian refugees standing at the checkpoint on the Iraqi side, waiting for approval to cross back into Syria. They were from Syrian refugee camps like Domiz or ...

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Andy Spyra and Younes Mohammad


Andy Spyra is a freelance photographer currently based in Hagen, Germany. He studied photography at the Fachhochschule Hannover. Since 2010 he has been working as a freelance photographer on assignments and personal long-term projects in the Balkans and the Middle East. He has been published in major magazines and newspapers internationally and is the recipient of the Getty images Grant for Editorial Photography among other grants. To view more of Spyra’s photography visit his website.

Younes Mohammad was born in Duhok, in Iraqi Kurdistan, and is now based in Erbil. He has been a freelance photographer since 2011. He focuses on subjects related to the Kurdish people in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. He is currently working on a long-term project about Syrian Kurdish refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan. His photography has been published in local and foreign media and he has participated in many exhibitions.