Convert or Die

Convert or Die

Uncategorized October 4, 2014 0

When Islamic State militants attacked northern Iraq in late July and early August, tens of thousands of people from Yezidi religious group ran for their lives. I visited university student Hadi Keyri and Yezidi refugees at a privately-funded refugee camp in Dyarbakir, Turkey. Keyri recalled the impossible choice the... Read more
The Turkish Police Believed I Was Trying to Join Islamic State
REYHANLI, Turkey—The undercover Turkish policemen had been waiting for us. As soon I and my fellow journalist Terry Glavin returned to our hotel in this ramshackle town along the Syrian border, someone made the call. Minutes later, the cops showed up in an unmarked police van and interrupted our... Read more
‘I See Ukraine Being Free and Independent’ Svoboda Guard right-wing militia recalls Euromaidan fight, looks to future Read more
Ukrainian Border Town Mans Checkpoints Against Kiev
In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, pro-Russian civilians are erecting checkpoints to protect against supporters of Kiev coming from the west. The volunteers say they have no other choice but to safeguard the roads as tensions mount between Ukraine and Russia following Moscow’s annexation of the strategic Crimean peninsula.... Read more
After Euromaidan, Flowers Come Out in Kiev
Maidan Nezalezhnost in the center of the Ukraine’s capital city Kiev was the center of historic protests starting in November. After deposing president Viktor Yanukovych on Feb. 22, the people of Kiev have undergone a transformation—and so has Maidan. Mitch Swenson & Zack Baddorf video Read more
Where Ukrainians Love Russia
In the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian sentiment is everywhere. Protests break out almost daily in Donetsk while the world watches to see if Russia will move north to take the city in the same fashion it took Crimea. Ukrainian police have struggled to keep order—sometimes with... Read more
‘Nobody Forced Anyone to Vote’
Hundreds of thousands of Crimeans cast their vote in a referendum on Sunday. At stake—whether the Crimean peninsula should become part of Russia or remain in Ukraine but gain more autonomy. Results are rolling in, with an estimated 95 percent of Crimeans voting in favor of secession. Zack Baddorf... Read more

Zack Baddorf


Zack Baddorf is a multimedia journalist with 10 years of video, radio, print, photo and web reporting in more than 30 countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, Kashmir, and Iraq, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka and Burma. Most recently, Baddorf spent a year working as a civilian videographer for the U.S. special forces command in Afghanistan. Baddorf served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and worked for a year for an international non-governmental organization in South Sudan doing media development. He served in the U.S. military for five years as a journalist, reporting from across Asia and the Middle East.

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