It was Mother’s Day when DAESH took over his city of Al-Raqqah.
DAESH is an acronym for the Arabic phrase “al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham” (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). Also known as ISIS or ISIL.
The television series ‘Today’ correspondent Mike Thomson, Today Producer John Neal, Director Scott Coello, Composer Dan Pollard, and Animators Ross Plaskow and Scott Coello have woven life into the words of one man trapped inside a DAESH controlled country.
This is the diary of one Syrian man’s experience after his city was besieged.
“Isn’t the terrorism we suffer on the ground enough, now you bring it from the skies as well”, the author writes, after a Russian airstrike on his town kills and dismembers adults and children.
Each citizen was forced to attend Shia lessons every night, and shop owners had to shut down and attend. Punishment for not attending is beheading and public display of your dismembered corpse.
After a week long course – they are told to return to new Islam as born again Muslims.
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