Asayish guard Xalid holds his phone showing a background of Abdullah Ocalan, during a drive from Qamishlo to Kobane, Syria on Jun. 10, 2019.  The Asayish are the Internal Security Forces of Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava. © Beth LaBerge
 An Asayish gun with YPG etched into the wooden hand guard in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. Many Asayish fought alongside the YPG against the Islamic State (IS). © Beth LaBerge
 Driving through Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A family crosses the Tigris River from Rojava, Syria to Iraqi Kurdistan at the Semalka border crossing on Jun. 9, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A temporary bridge is constructed over the Tigris River connecting Northern Syria with Iraq, on Jun. 18, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Xalid leans out of the bus to give water to a child on the side of the road in Rojava, Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Bawer during a bus stop from Qamishlo to Kobane on Jun. 10, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Fires burn in wheat fields near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Fires burn in wheat fields in Qamishlo, Northern Syria as seen from the rooftop of Rojava University on Jun. 16, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Xalid, a member of the Asayish, at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. The Kurdish-led forces, that included many who are now Asayish, say they lost at least 11,000 while fighting the Islamic State. © Beth LaBerge
 Vast rows of graves at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A grave of a young child at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Vast rows of graves at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A woman at a memorial for a fallen comrade at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani, which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh (IS) militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. The Kurdish-led forces that fought the Islamic State say that they lost at least 11,000 in the battle. © Beth LaBerge
 Along the Northern Syrian side of the border wall between Syria and Turkey, near Qamishli on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Leyla Ahmi, an instructor at Rojava University in Qamishli, on a bus outside of Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Laundry hangs to dry in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 Asayish member Bawer talks to a man in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 The interior of a truck in an area in the city of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 Asayish member Bawer looks at a destoyred building in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 Graffiti which states, "I am lost in the deepness of your eyes," in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 Diyar Mustafa talks with a young girl in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 An area in the city of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 Luqman Guldivê delivers a lecture at Rojava University in Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 16, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 An art opening at Rojava University in Qamishlo, Rojava on Jun. 10, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Students at Rojava University perform a traditional dance in Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 The Yazidi House (Mala Êzidiyan Li Herêma Cezîrê), near Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Anwar Delef outside of the Yazidi House (Mala Êzidiyan Li Herêma Cezîrê), near Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A house near Amuda, Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Akademiya Sehîd Rizgar Wan, a Veteran's home for injured YPG and YPJ, near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Akademiya Sehîd Rizgar Wan, a Veteran's home for injured YPG and YPJ, near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A door celebrates the YPJ at the Akademiya Sehîd Rizgar Wan, a Veteran's home for injured YPG and YPJ, near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 The Women's Protection Units (YPJ) near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 The Women's Protection Units (YPJ) near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A Women's Protection Units (YPJ) patch sewn on a uniform of a YPJ member near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A YPG memorial to marty'rs near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A man in a pickup truck full of bags of grain in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.
 Portrait of Leyla Ahmi outside of Amuda, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria known as Rojava, on Jun. 10, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Fires burn in wheat fields near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A man prepares meat at Astraht Berxwedan Azadiya restaurant in Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A child at a shop inside of Astraht Berxwedan Azadiya restaurant in Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A falcon tied outside of Astraht Berxwedan Azadiya restaurant in Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Photos line the walls commemorating the the men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), inside a family council building in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 A Family Council building displays photos of men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 Photos line the walls commemorating the the men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), inside a family council building in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 Family members of a martyr in a room lined with photos commemorating the the men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), inside a family council building in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 Oil pumps behind wheat fields in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Traditional Kurdish dancers outside of Rojava University in Qamishlo on Jun. 16, 2019. Wheat fields burned nearby the university. © Beth LaBerge
 Traditional Kurdish dancers outside of Rojava University in Qamishlo on Jun. 16, 2019. Wheat fields burned nearby the university. © Beth LaBerge
 Traditional Kurdish dancers outside of Rojava University in Qamishlo on Jun. 16, 2019. Wheat fields burned nearby the university. © Beth LaBerge
 Entering the city of Qamishlo, Rojava on Jun. 9, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Speakers at the Northern and Eastern Syrian Women's Assembly holds a congress in Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. The congress includes women's representatives from all peoples of the region.
Banners around the hall read slogans like, "The union of free women is the guarantee of democratic Syria." © Beth LaBerge
 The Northern and Eastern Syrian Women's Assembly holds a congress in Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. The congress includes women's representatives from all peoples of the region.
Banners around the hall read slogans like, "The union of free women is the guarantee of democratic Syria." © Beth LaBerge
 Children play on the entrance gate of Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Mizgin at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Children play at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Zozan Sima at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A school house at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Along a drive through Kobani, Northern Syria on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A man in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 A new home next to a home destroyed in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 Meeting with Anwar Muslim, co-chair on the Executive Council of Kobani Canton, in Kobanê, Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Anwar Muslim, co-chair on the Executive Council of Kobani Canton, in Kobani, Syria on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 Sunset from Rojava University in Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Asayish guard Xalid holds his phone showing a background of Abdullah Ocalan, during a drive from Qamishlo to Kobane, Syria on Jun. 10, 2019.  The Asayish are the Internal Security Forces of Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava. © Beth LaBerge
Asayish guard Xalid holds his phone showing a background of Abdullah Ocalan, during a drive from Qamishlo to Kobane, Syria on Jun. 10, 2019. The Asayish are the Internal Security Forces of Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava. © Beth LaBerge
 An Asayish gun with YPG etched into the wooden hand guard in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. Many Asayish fought alongside the YPG against the Islamic State (IS). © Beth LaBerge
An Asayish gun with YPG etched into the wooden hand guard in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. Many Asayish fought alongside the YPG against the Islamic State (IS). © Beth LaBerge
 Driving through Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Driving through Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A family crosses the Tigris River from Rojava, Syria to Iraqi Kurdistan at the Semalka border crossing on Jun. 9, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A family crosses the Tigris River from Rojava, Syria to Iraqi Kurdistan at the Semalka border crossing on Jun. 9, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A temporary bridge is constructed over the Tigris River connecting Northern Syria with Iraq, on Jun. 18, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A temporary bridge is constructed over the Tigris River connecting Northern Syria with Iraq, on Jun. 18, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Xalid leans out of the bus to give water to a child on the side of the road in Rojava, Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Xalid leans out of the bus to give water to a child on the side of the road in Rojava, Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Bawer during a bus stop from Qamishlo to Kobane on Jun. 10, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Bawer during a bus stop from Qamishlo to Kobane on Jun. 10, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Fires burn in wheat fields near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Fires burn in wheat fields near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Fires burn in wheat fields in Qamishlo, Northern Syria as seen from the rooftop of Rojava University on Jun. 16, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Fires burn in wheat fields in Qamishlo, Northern Syria as seen from the rooftop of Rojava University on Jun. 16, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Xalid, a member of the Asayish, at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. The Kurdish-led forces, that included many who are now Asayish, say they lost at least 11,000 while fighting the Islamic State. © Beth LaBerge
Xalid, a member of the Asayish, at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. The Kurdish-led forces, that included many who are now Asayish, say they lost at least 11,000 while fighting the Islamic State. © Beth LaBerge
 Vast rows of graves at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Vast rows of graves at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A grave of a young child at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A grave of a young child at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Vast rows of graves at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Vast rows of graves at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh, Islamic State (IS), militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A woman at a memorial for a fallen comrade at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani, which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh (IS) militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. The Kurdish-led forces that fought the Islamic State say that they lost at least 11,000 in the battle. © Beth LaBerge
A woman at a memorial for a fallen comrade at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani, which houses the remains of civilians and fighters who lost their lives in the battle against Daesh (IS) militants, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, on Jun. 11, 2019. The Kurdish-led forces that fought the Islamic State say that they lost at least 11,000 in the battle. © Beth LaBerge
 Along the Northern Syrian side of the border wall between Syria and Turkey, near Qamishli on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Along the Northern Syrian side of the border wall between Syria and Turkey, near Qamishli on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Leyla Ahmi, an instructor at Rojava University in Qamishli, on a bus outside of Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Leyla Ahmi, an instructor at Rojava University in Qamishli, on a bus outside of Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Laundry hangs to dry in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
Laundry hangs to dry in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 Asayish member Bawer talks to a man in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
Asayish member Bawer talks to a man in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 The interior of a truck in an area in the city of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
The interior of a truck in an area in the city of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 Asayish member Bawer looks at a destoyred building in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
Asayish member Bawer looks at a destoyred building in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 Graffiti which states, "I am lost in the deepness of your eyes," in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
Graffiti which states, "I am lost in the deepness of your eyes," in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 Diyar Mustafa talks with a young girl in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
Diyar Mustafa talks with a young girl in an area of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 An area in the city of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
An area in the city of Kobani, in northern Syria, called The Museum where rubble is deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobani. The siege by the Islamic State (IS) lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and destroyed much of the city. © Beth LaBerge
 Luqman Guldivê delivers a lecture at Rojava University in Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 16, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Luqman Guldivê delivers a lecture at Rojava University in Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 16, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 An art opening at Rojava University in Qamishlo, Rojava on Jun. 10, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
An art opening at Rojava University in Qamishlo, Rojava on Jun. 10, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Students at Rojava University perform a traditional dance in Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Students at Rojava University perform a traditional dance in Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 The Yazidi House (Mala Êzidiyan Li Herêma Cezîrê), near Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
The Yazidi House (Mala Êzidiyan Li Herêma Cezîrê), near Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Anwar Delef outside of the Yazidi House (Mala Êzidiyan Li Herêma Cezîrê), near Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Anwar Delef outside of the Yazidi House (Mala Êzidiyan Li Herêma Cezîrê), near Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A house near Amuda, Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A house near Amuda, Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Akademiya Sehîd Rizgar Wan, a Veteran's home for injured YPG and YPJ, near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Akademiya Sehîd Rizgar Wan, a Veteran's home for injured YPG and YPJ, near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Akademiya Sehîd Rizgar Wan, a Veteran's home for injured YPG and YPJ, near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Akademiya Sehîd Rizgar Wan, a Veteran's home for injured YPG and YPJ, near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A door celebrates the YPJ at the Akademiya Sehîd Rizgar Wan, a Veteran's home for injured YPG and YPJ, near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A door celebrates the YPJ at the Akademiya Sehîd Rizgar Wan, a Veteran's home for injured YPG and YPJ, near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 The Women's Protection Units (YPJ) near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
The Women's Protection Units (YPJ) near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 The Women's Protection Units (YPJ) near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
The Women's Protection Units (YPJ) near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A Women's Protection Units (YPJ) patch sewn on a uniform of a YPJ member near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A Women's Protection Units (YPJ) patch sewn on a uniform of a YPJ member near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A YPG memorial to marty'rs near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A YPG memorial to marty'rs near Qamishlo in Northern Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A man in a pickup truck full of bags of grain in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.
A man in a pickup truck full of bags of grain in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.
 Portrait of Leyla Ahmi outside of Amuda, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria known as Rojava, on Jun. 10, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Portrait of Leyla Ahmi outside of Amuda, in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria known as Rojava, on Jun. 10, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Fires burn in wheat fields near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Fires burn in wheat fields near Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A man prepares meat at Astraht Berxwedan Azadiya restaurant in Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A man prepares meat at Astraht Berxwedan Azadiya restaurant in Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A child at a shop inside of Astraht Berxwedan Azadiya restaurant in Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A child at a shop inside of Astraht Berxwedan Azadiya restaurant in Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A falcon tied outside of Astraht Berxwedan Azadiya restaurant in Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A falcon tied outside of Astraht Berxwedan Azadiya restaurant in Northern Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Photos line the walls commemorating the the men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), inside a family council building in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
Photos line the walls commemorating the the men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), inside a family council building in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 A Family Council building displays photos of men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
A Family Council building displays photos of men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 Photos line the walls commemorating the the men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), inside a family council building in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
Photos line the walls commemorating the the men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), inside a family council building in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 Family members of a martyr in a room lined with photos commemorating the the men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), inside a family council building in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
Family members of a martyr in a room lined with photos commemorating the the men and women who died in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), inside a family council building in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 Oil pumps behind wheat fields in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Oil pumps behind wheat fields in Northern Syria on Jun. 15, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Traditional Kurdish dancers outside of Rojava University in Qamishlo on Jun. 16, 2019. Wheat fields burned nearby the university. © Beth LaBerge
Traditional Kurdish dancers outside of Rojava University in Qamishlo on Jun. 16, 2019. Wheat fields burned nearby the university. © Beth LaBerge
 Traditional Kurdish dancers outside of Rojava University in Qamishlo on Jun. 16, 2019. Wheat fields burned nearby the university. © Beth LaBerge
Traditional Kurdish dancers outside of Rojava University in Qamishlo on Jun. 16, 2019. Wheat fields burned nearby the university. © Beth LaBerge
 Traditional Kurdish dancers outside of Rojava University in Qamishlo on Jun. 16, 2019. Wheat fields burned nearby the university. © Beth LaBerge
Traditional Kurdish dancers outside of Rojava University in Qamishlo on Jun. 16, 2019. Wheat fields burned nearby the university. © Beth LaBerge
 Entering the city of Qamishlo, Rojava on Jun. 9, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Entering the city of Qamishlo, Rojava on Jun. 9, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Speakers at the Northern and Eastern Syrian Women's Assembly holds a congress in Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. The congress includes women's representatives from all peoples of the region.
Banners around the hall read slogans like, "The union of free women is the guarantee of democratic Syria." © Beth LaBerge
Speakers at the Northern and Eastern Syrian Women's Assembly holds a congress in Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. The congress includes women's representatives from all peoples of the region. Banners around the hall read slogans like, "The union of free women is the guarantee of democratic Syria." © Beth LaBerge
 The Northern and Eastern Syrian Women's Assembly holds a congress in Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. The congress includes women's representatives from all peoples of the region.
Banners around the hall read slogans like, "The union of free women is the guarantee of democratic Syria." © Beth LaBerge
The Northern and Eastern Syrian Women's Assembly holds a congress in Amuda, Syria on Jun. 14, 2019. The congress includes women's representatives from all peoples of the region. Banners around the hall read slogans like, "The union of free women is the guarantee of democratic Syria." © Beth LaBerge
 Children play on the entrance gate of Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Children play on the entrance gate of Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Mizgin at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Mizgin at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Children play at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Children play at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Zozan Sima at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Zozan Sima at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A school house at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
A school house at Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Jinwar, a village for women and children in the autonomous region of Northern Syria, on Jun. 14, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Along a drive through Kobani, Northern Syria on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Along a drive through Kobani, Northern Syria on Jun. 11, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 A man in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
A man in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 A new home next to a home destroyed in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
A new home next to a home destroyed in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Kobani, Syria, on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 Meeting with Anwar Muslim, co-chair on the Executive Council of Kobani Canton, in Kobanê, Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Meeting with Anwar Muslim, co-chair on the Executive Council of Kobani Canton, in Kobanê, Syria on Jun. 12, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
 Anwar Muslim, co-chair on the Executive Council of Kobani Canton, in Kobani, Syria on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
Anwar Muslim, co-chair on the Executive Council of Kobani Canton, in Kobani, Syria on Jun. 11, 2019. Kobani is in Rojava, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. © Beth LaBerge
 Sunset from Rojava University in Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
Sunset from Rojava University in Qamishlo, Northern Syria on Jun. 17, 2019. © Beth LaBerge
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