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The Raqqa Diaries by Samer
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Apr 09, 2017

it was amazing
Read from April 08 to 11, 2017

Anybody who has the inhumanity to suggest that the rest of the world should turn away refugees needs to read this book before they are allowed to continue their argument.

It's not that long, more of a novella really, so even these people should be able to manage it. There area a few big words, but dictionaries are readily available - at least in free countries!

Samer and the people of Raqqa had lived under Assad's regime but life had continued with some 'normality' - his life was that of many young people; high school, university, even falling in love.

However, when Daesh arrived in Raqqa, everything started changing dramatically. Stonings and beheadings became commonplace, and fear thrived. Everyone became suspicious of who were friends, and who were the eyes and ears of Daesh - self-preservation can spur people into acting uncharacteristically. And that was even before the indiscriminate airstrikes started - killing far more of the townsfolk than Daesh.

If you wonder why the majority of those that have plucked up the courage to even attempt escape are young men, I implore you to read the story of this one brave soul.
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