The Digital Journalist
Reza / Webistan
Turkey. Ankara. April, 1993: While working on a story in Turkey for National Geographic I spent time in the southeastern reaches of the country. There, in Kurdistan, the Turkish army has pursued its merciless onslaught, not only against the rebels but also against civilians. When I wound up face-to-face with these soldiers of the Turkish Republican Guard surrounding President Turgut Ozal's coffin, their guns merged with the minarets. I couldn't help but think of the Kurdish woman I had photographed a few weeks earlier. Her family had been killed by Turkish soldiers. Amidst her cries of pain and suffering she had prayed for the president's death.