Inside Rami's Story

The Fifth Estate

When our team began to look into what was happening in Syria and Iraq, it was obvious what they had to do: Get an idea of what it's really like behind ISIS lines. We found a brave young man willing to risk his life once a week to talk to us. Through weekly Skype calls and smuggled video from within the IS-controlled city of Deirezzor in Syria, a man we'll call Rami agreed to talk to us once a week for four months. Rami was by any approximation a normal 22-year old young man -- he is in love, planned to go to university and has hopes and dreams of a bright future. Except that Rami lives in fear under the brutal totalitarian control of Islamic State. Our Associate Producer Ghalia Bdiwe tells us about getting to know Rami and the relationship they developed over the past four months.

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