Amy McTighe is a writer and journalist who has worked in, reported from and studied the Middle East for the last 16 years. These days she specialises in Iraqi and Kurdish issues, and writes a semi-regular blog on the region ( In 2013 she reported for The Times from Syrian refugee camps in Iraq (

Although partly nomadic she lives most of the year in a wooden house in the caribbean jungle, tending her chickens and trying to write a book about one Kurdish family’s escape from Saddam Hussein’s Anfal campaigns of the 1980s.