Joanna Palani, 22, was born in an Iraqi refugee camp in 1993 after her parents fled from Kurdish Iran. In ’96 her family managed to escape to Denmark where Joanna Palani grew up the countryside. November 2014 she decided to leave school, friends and family to join the war in Iraq and Syria. Now she’s fighting side by side with the Kurdish guerilla army against ISIS.
As of today she’s back in Denmark. Originally to take a break and visit her family before returning to Iraq or Syria and continue the fight. She got back June 2015, two months later the Danish government decided to retain her passport and deny her allowance to leave the country - sentenced by the same paragraph that are to prevent Danish citizens traveling to Syria joining armed fights for terrorist organizations like the Islamic State. The story about Joanna was made for the Danish daily Berlingske.