The Egyptian village of Al-Ur is now known as “The Village of Martyrs” because in a day, 20 of its residents died. They had all gone to Libya to find work but were kidnapped by ISIS and on February 15, 2015, beheaded for their Christian faith. They are now mourned by family and friends but also honoured as saints.
When in August 2014, ISIS invaded regions near Mount Sinjar in Iraq, the terrorists killed and abducted thousands of local Yazidi people many of them women and children who they sold openly at slave markets. The captives have had no one they could count on for help until one man decided to take on ISIS.
The YPJ is the women’s division of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units and it’s formed to fight against ISIS, RTD correspondents were given exclusive access to spend three weeks at their training camp. The young women who train for combat there, decided not to leave their survival to fate but to fight for their lives and their future. For their enemy, being killed by a woman means going to hell.
In modern day Turkey, hundreds from the Kurdish minority in the South-East are said to be dying at the hands of government forces. The Kurds have long been seeking autonomy for their region. The subject is rarely seen in the Turkish media as journalists who cover the issue have often been detained.
In Syria, there are more than a hundred militant groups fighting against the State Army. Unusually, President Bashar al-Assad has offered an amnesty to militants who surrender. Any who haven’t completed mandatory military service are returned to the Army. RT Doc gained access to a unit comprised of amnestied soldiers. Some joined militants groups voluntarily while others say they were held captive, whatever their circumstances, they all serve together.