Since May 2016 I have been researching my next book, which will, if everything goes as expected, be published in February 2018. For this book, I am staying with the PKK for a year, to be able to describe the organisation from the inside as accurately as possible.
Yes, this is a risky undertaking. Being a journalist sometimes requires taking risks, especially when the story needs to be told. And I think this story needs to be urgently told, since the PKK and its affiliates are increasingly defining current events in and the reshaping of the Middle East. I will not take needless risks and will constantly re-assess my situation from a security perspective.
For this book, I have a Dutch publisher already, Het Spectrum. Any publishers interested in obtaining the rights to publish it in English or any other language can contact my literary agent, Sebes & Bisseling in Amsterdam.
This project is financially supported by the Dutch journalistic fund BJP, Fund for Special Journalistic Projects. I thank them wholeheartedly.
While I am staying with the PKK, I will probably have little internet access. That is why you will not be seeing me on social media as much as you are used to. Also, I am not certain if I can publish any stories or radio reports during my time there, due to the same expected internet restrictions. But I will publish reports at every opportunity I get. Media can try to contact me on my Iraqi phone number, +964 751 5185380, but there is a strong possibility that I will often be unable to use my phone.