‘The monster may come again’: Revisiting the horrors of Raqqa under the IS group

In 2014, the peaceful city of Raqqa in northern Syria was declared the capital of the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate. For almost four years, the inhabitants lived there under a reign of terror. A new book in French brings their stories to the world. “L’Asphyxie: Raqqa, chronique d’une apocalypse” (“Asphyxiation: Raqqa, Chronicle of an Apocalypse”) is written by French reporter Céline Martelet and Syrian journalist Hussam Hammoud. Hammoud has just arrived in France where he has been granted asylum after an initial rejection by the French authorities. The two authors joined us for Perspectives.

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