Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Rachel Stacy kept an audio diary of her October 2011 trip through the Kurdish regions of Turkey and Iraq with Chicago-based service group Christian Peacemaker Teams. In this excerpt, Stacy tells the story of a young woman whose humanitarian work on behalf of Kurdish communities in Diyarbakir, Turkey got her into trouble with local authorities.