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Joanna Palani

Joanna Palani

25-year-old Joanna Palani made headlines across the world in 2016 when her role fighting on the front line of the Syrian conflict was revealed. A Danish citizen of Kurdish origin, she is one of a handful of western women who have joined the international recruits to the Kurdish forces in Syria, and is the first female fighter to tell her story.

Joanna was born to Iranian-Kurdish parents in a refugee camp in Iraq, before her family were accepted in to Denmark. During the Arab Spring, she realised she needed to do something to protect the values she believes in and the culture she loves. Leaving behind her life as a student, Joanna underwent considerable military training and travelled to the Middle East, where she spent time over several years fighting on the front line, including at the devastating battle for Kobani.

Despite her heroism, Joanna was taken in to custody on her return to Denmark for breaking laws designed to stop its citizens from joining ISIS, making her the first person to be jailed for joining the international coalition. Joanna now lives in Copenhagen under daily threat from ISIS supporters, as she continues her fight for women's rights off the front line.

‘Freedom Fighter’ tells this remarkable story: of a young woman who risked everything to fight for what she believes in.

 

BOOKS

Freedom Fighter by Joanna Palani

FREEDOM FIGHTER: MY WAR AGAINST ISIS ON THE FRONT LINES OF SYRIA - Atlantic Books, 3 Jan 2019

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