Nine Days in Diyarbakır, southeastern Turkey.

Diyarbakır is the biggest city in southeastern Turkey and is sometimes known as the Kurdish capital of the region. These photographs are from the March 2004 Kurdish new year festival and from Osman Baydemir's election campaign (he won the campaign, and became mayor of Diyarbakir, and was re-elected in 2009). All photos are taken by me except for the photograph of the Newroz torch, taken by French lawyer  Elsa LePennec. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)


Girls pose for a photo on Esat Cad., Diyarbakir.

Traveling by pickup to Newroz (Kurdish New Year) Festival, March 21, 2004.

Newroz festival, March 21, 2004, Diyarbakır.

Osman Baydemir, mayoral candidate from the pro-Kurdish DEHAP/SHP, campaigns in Kulp.

Women in Kulp pose for a photograph. We took several photos and more women asked to be pictured each time.

The universal campaign strategy: kiss the child. Osman Baydemir campaigning at a Friday market in Diyarbakır.

A DEHAP/SHP supporter in Diyarbakır.

The Newroz fire burns at the Diyarbakır celebrations. (This photo by Elsa LePennec.)

Map of Turkey. See Diyarbakir in the southeast. (Map: CIA World Factbook).