The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State

The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State

'A clarion call to all of us that we should not give up. Somewhere there is a voice in the wreckage.' Michael PalinThe Raqqa Diaries began as a series of short broadcasts on Radio 4’s 'Today' Programme. Now one of the most isolated and fear ridden cities on earth, no-one is allowed to speak to western journalists or leave Raqqa, without IS’s permission. Those caught breaki...

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Title:The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State
Author:Samer
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ISBN:1786330539
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:108 pages

The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State Reviews

  • Jana
    Mar 25, 2017
    I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I can't rate this. It would feel wrong to rate a first-hand account of someone's life under IS's rule in Raqqa. It is a very eye-opening and terrifying read, especially having read the measures taken in orde...
  • Roman Clodia
    Feb 26, 2017
    "I walk around the city with a broken soul, looking at all the other broken souls passing by. Each pair of eyes that passes tells a different story, a different struggle"Short but powerful, this gives us a horrific glimpse into the maelstrom of a community living under IS. Samar was at university be...
  • Luca
    Feb 27, 2017
    The Raqqa Diaries is the product of contact between the BBC and a small activist group from Syria, Al-Sharqiya 24. The book tells the story of Samer, one of the members of the activist group. Imagine the circumstances under which he lived when was working on bringing his story out. Personally, I don...
  • Nigel
    Mar 01, 2017
    Briefly - Simple, raw and powerful - if anything understated.In fullThis book is based on some short broadcasts made on Radio 4. As Raqqa was "liberated" by Daesh (IS) it became impossible to report from there. However a reporter from the BBC made contact with some people who were effectively underg...
  • Sarah
    Mar 27, 2017
    Everyone should read this book! Everyone!This is the diary of Samer (pseudonym) and his life in Raqqa before and during the takeover of his city by IS.It is horrifying and heartbreaking to read what Samer and his towns people are put through by the Daesh and their twisted view of Islam. Beheadings i...
  • Gem ~ Bee
    Mar 18, 2017
    This is a fairly short but incredibly moving account of life in Raqqa, Syria from the time ISIS arrived in the area and how Samer experienced extreme hardship and tragedy before escaping to a refugee camp. It is told in journal extracts, smuggled out of Syria at great danger to the BBC to publish, f...
  • Angela
    Mar 07, 2017
    The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State by a young man with the alias of Samer, is a heart-wrenching account of his life in Raqqa before and after it was taken over by Daesh. He also describes how he escaped from the city and made his way to a refugee camp in northern Syria.As he said, life was...
  • BookishDubai
    Mar 13, 2017
    Life in Raqqa is like a slow death. There’s no way you can live a decent life there. -SamerA short and brave account of life under ISIS. I highly recommend reading it, along with Mustafa Khalifa's 'The Shell': Memories of a Hidden Observer, for a better understanding of the Syrian situation. ...
  • Shireen Rummana
    Mar 19, 2017
    This collection of diary entries, albeit brief, manages to poignantly describe three major periods in Raqqa and in Syria's recent history--the misery of life under the Assad regime, the brief hope and commitment of activists during the revolution, and then the deepening misery and crisis under IS co...
  • Sharon
    Apr 05, 2017
    "Since ISIS occupied Raqqa in eastern Syria, it has become one of the most isolated and fear-ridden cities on earth. The sale of televisions has been banned, wearing trousers the wrong length is a punishable offence and using a mobile phone is considered an unforgiveable crime. No journalists are al...