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Women film secret footage in ‘Islamic State’

Two brave Syrian women took secret footage capturing the everyday life in the ‘Islamic State’.

Filming in Raqqa, the camera women secretly captured images showing ordinary life under the regime, such as a shop selling packets of hair dye where the models’ faces have been censored  out with black marker pen.


The film was produced by Swedish TV channel Expressen TV, and shows Raqqa, ISIS’s de facto capital in northern Syria.

The film shows the terrible oppressive conditions in winter as people try to get on with everyday life. It shows the city with few cars and shoppers as neighbourhoods are deserted under the presence of ISIS.

The women, who went out wearing face veils, have their voices disguised as the punishment for filming such footage would be execution.

Oum Mohammad explains what she saw during a public execution ‘I could see there was a man sitting on the ground,’ she said. ‘The executioners were lined up, they were dressed in black.’

‘They execute with bullets, desecrate the body, decapitate it, stick the head on a spike and put it on display at the roundabout,’ she said.

‘Or they will put the body on the road and force cars to run it over until nothing is left.’


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