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Rebuilding Raqqah

  • Conflict
  • Religion

"Bomb after bomb after bomb." Dima is peeling potatoes in the kitchen when rockets are fired at her house. She loses a leg and two fingers. There are 7 dead. All citizens.

Sufism

  • International
  • Art
  • Religion

Sufism is experiencing a real revival in the Muslim world after a long period of decay and even persecution. In countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, Turkey, there is a clear revival both in religious and political terms, and this has its consequences for migrant communities here in the West.

 

Inocencia asesinada

  • Conflict
  • Health
  • Religion

"When I woke up in the hospital, there were police officers around me. They said that I had killed my child." Maria Teresa De Rivera is 34 when she gets a miscarriage on the toilet. Due to strict abortion laws in her country, she is sentenced to 40 years in prison. She not only loses a child, but also her freedom. Under pressure from, among others, the Catholic Church, El Salvador has one of the strictest abortion laws in the world.

In search of the enemy. The story about a terrorist who wanted to be a friend.

  • Conflict
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Terrorism

During a visit to Dutch troops in Afghanistan in 2006, journalist Bette Dam discovered how little the military knew about their enemy. She left the military camp to investigate the feared taliban leader mullah Omar.

Is ISIS over?

  • Conflict
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Terrorism

The caliphate is shrinking and ISIS is practically military defeated. But then what? Is ISIS a thing of the past? What remains of the terrorist group and what is there to expect? 

The Kurdish Utopia

  • Politics
  • Religion

In his famous book 'Utopia', the English humanist Thomas More describes an ideal state. Ludo De Brabander travels around the 'Democratic Federation of Northern Syria' five centuries after publication. 

You can also talk with Salafists

  • Art
  • Religion
  • International

There is no form of religion that politicians and commentators are as concerned about as Salafism. The young men with their beards full of religion and women dressed in long, wavy robes with black stretch gloves have become the symbol of backwardness, of an Islam that does not belong to the West.

A Coptic question

  • Art
  • Religion
  • International

In Belgium lives a small, unknown minority from the Middle East: Coptic Christians from Egypt. For many, migration was a choice for a better life, others point to the penal position of Copts as a minority in Egypt.

Chat Jihad

  • Religion
  • International
  • Terrorism

The Egyptian journalist Mahmoud Elsobky and the Palestinian television reporter and former UN employee Fady Al Ghorra spent a year searching, undercover, for online violent jihadist propaganda. How is it spread and how the phenomenon evolves now that ISIS is military - almost - defeated.

No friends but the mountains

  • Conflict
  • Religion
  • Politics

Around 2014, several reports were published about the Kurdish women's armies. They were presented as courageous fighters who fought heroically against the ISIS. They stood out as a special appearance in the Middle East where usually men seem to make the decisions. They were feared by the ISIS fighters, because whoever is killed by a woman wouldn't go to heaven. The fact that these warriors generally looked good on camera attracted the attention of Australian and British news channels, such as the BBC.