About the Book
This is a first-person account of a journey “inside the zone” to meet with the young fighters of the NPA who mounted that daring raid. Cartter takes you on his trek from coastal sugar plantations deep into the mountains and beyond, to the NPA’s operating area where the military's rampage took place. Along the way, you’ll meet ordinary Filipino families who eke out a living in the area, providing critical support for the struggle, and sometimes suffering the consequences.
While in the rebel encampment, you’ll hear from the fighters themselves. Why did they join the fight? Who do they see as the enemy? What is daily life like? What are their aspirations? A gripping account of their raid on the military compound, in which people on both sides died, is given by the platoon commander himself.
An experienced photojournalist, Cartter’s 48 powerful images reinforce the narrative. By putting you in the action, "Inside the Zone" drives home both the humanity and terrible toll of this intractable war.
Chris Cartter lives in northern Vermont on River Cloud Farm, in a net-zero home with his life partner Dakota. He spends his days working the land, cooking, mountain biking, skiing and flying airplanes (virtually). His special love is visits with his three adult children and grandson. In his prior life, he started two internet healthcare companies, co-founded the NGO Grassroots International, worked as a photojournalist, organized chicken growers in Maine, and survived both a stint taxi-driving in Boston and an ascent of the Northwest Face of Half Dome in Yosemite. Chris was an active member of the photo collective Impact Visuals in NYC. His photographs from conflict areas in the Philippines, Eritrea, Ethiopia and the Middle East have appeared in Newsweek, Spin, Christian Science Monitor, Middle East Reports, Miami Herald, Nuclear Times, Utne Reader, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy, among others.