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16 Feb 2017 19:00

Not Far From the Black Flag

Two Czech independent photojournalists talk about their unique first-hand experiences while covering conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the war against ISIS and its effects on civilian life.

The Czech Centre and the Frontline Club are proud to present Jarmila Štuková and Lenka Klicperová, two award-winning Czech photojournalists, who have followed the war against the Islamic State (IS) for the past three years. A discussion about their experience from the region and the challenges for independent female photojournalists will be accompanied by their most recent photographs and videos from Syria and Iraq.

Concentrating on the fighters and the daily lives of the suffering civilians, Lenka and Jarmila have frequently travelled to Iraq and Syria, visiting the front lines near Mosul, interviewing captured IS members in Kirkuk, entering Kobani in Northern Syria, and the Euphrates… The multiple stories they have covered include the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) in the early days of the conflicts.  They have visited many refugee camps in Iraq and talked to refugees living in dangerous conditions in Erbil. They travelled to Sinjar when the city was under the control of IS, documented the strategy of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) guerillas in the urban environment and returned to the city after the liberation.  They plan to continue to document the war as long as it continues.

The talk will be chaired by Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson (Reuters)


Lenka Klicperová
Lenka is a journalist and photographer. For the last 15 years she has worked as editor-in chief for the Lidé a Země magazine. Created in 1951, the magazine is one of the longest running in Czech publishing history and focuses predominantly on foreign affairs. She has worked in many African countries. Recently she has concentrated on reporting from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.  Lenka has covered women’s issues such as acid attacks in India, mass rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), female genital mutilation in Kenya, Refugees in Chad and child soldiers in Uganda. In 2008 she was one of the two founding members of Femisphera, a group of journalists focusing on female topics in developing countries.
After reporting from North Syria, she created the fundraising organization SOS Kobani to help in the reconstruction of the city.

Jarmila Štuková

An acclaimed Czech photographer and filmmaker, Jarmila focuses on the issues of war, poverty and social problems. She has documented child labour in Ethiopia, the earthquake in Haiti, acid attacks in India, breast ironing in Cameroon, violence against women in Afghanistan and the front lines in Iraq. She was awarded the Czech Press Photo 1.prize five times for her photographs from Ethiopia, Haiti and Iraq and her video work with Lenka Klicperová and husband Andrej Štuk.
She is the co-founder of One Blood – a project designed to follow talented young people around the world who are part of various urban subcultures. She has documented the stories of break-dancers in the Gaza Strip, a young rapper from a slum in Uganda, a female boxer from Cambodia, skateboarders in Bangladesh and street artists in Iraq. She is currently filming a documentary about a girl injured in an acid attack and stories about soldiers fighting against the Islamic State in Northern Iraq.

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This event is presented in partnership with Frontline Club.

Cover image:
Jarmila Štuková : Burning Inferno at Qayyarah
The town of Qayyarah is not far from Mosul, where one of the largest military operations against the so-called Islamic State is currently taking place. Islamists ruled Qayyarah for two years. In June 2016, the Islamic State withdrew as Iraqi forces retook the city. Those who did not flee set fire to oil wells in the surrounding area. Qayyarah face a huge ecological crisis – a further devastating consequence of the war against IS.

Photographs from Iraq and Syria:

 Jarmila Štuková: Mourning in Baghdad
In July 2016, Baghdad suffered one of the largest terrorist attacks in the last decade. Two explosions killed more than 200 people, with hundreds of others injured. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. This photo shows the memorial created where the explosions took place not only to remember the victims of this attack, but also to demonstrate the solidarity between Shiites, Sunnies and all other minorities living in Iraq.

Lenka Klicperová: War on the Euphrates
A small unit of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) return from battle against the Islamic State not far from the Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates River. They have just fought a four-hour long battle during which they were under constant fire, with the Islamic State eventually even using a tank against them. Predominantly Kurdish-Arab units waged fierce battles with the Islamists for the strategically important Tishrin Dam.

Lenka Klicperová: A childhood in ruins in Kobani
The young granddaughter of Mr Abdul Misto stands in the ruins of her family home in the Northern Syrian Kobani. More than 80% of the city was destroyed during battles with the Islamic State. Kobani became a symbol of Kurdish resistence against the Islamists, particularly during the early stages of the fight when Kurdish troops fought with immense bravery against an enormous force.

Lenka Klicperová: The Plight of Yazidis
A group of five female Yazidis are surviving in an unfinished building in the Iraq city Erbil. They were forced to flee with their children from Sinjar which fell to the Islamic State in August 2014. Their husbands lost their lives during an extroadinarily fast and cruel attack. The Yazidi women became the victims of terror. Several thousands of them were captured by IS and forced to become sex slaves. Many women are still captured to this day.

Jarmila Štuková: A front line assault in Qayyarah
In the south of the city Qayyarah, the frontline moved with the Islamic State. Qayyarah is located not far from Mosul, which is the only city in Iraq still partly controlled by Islamists. Iraqi soldiers here face constant attacks from snipers and the most dangerous weapon held by the Islamists: suicide bombers in cars loaded with explosives. Iraqi soldiers are poorly equipped and without complete uniforms. During battle they are not always very careful, which leads to unnecessary cassualties.





Frontline Club, London


16 Feb 2017 19:00


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