12. Those we leave behind
In Northern Iraq, Josh finds out how two people you’ve been asking about are doing now.
In 2014 the Islamic State group killed thousands of members of the Yazidi religious community and kidnapped and enslaved many, many more. Ayham and Saud were both taken from their families and ended up in Syria where they were eventually bought by Sam and her husband Moussa.
Josh first met them just after they’d escaped ISIS with Sam and then made it back to Iraq. Now he returns to hear how they are doing today and what they want for their futures.
Reporter: Josh Baker
Producers: Joe Kent and Max Green
Editor: Emma Rippon
Sound engineer: Tom Brignell
“I’m Not a Monster” is a collaboration between BBC Panorama and FRONTLINE (PBS) and is a BBC Long Form Audio production for BBC Sounds
This episode includes strong language and references to violence.
Since the series ended, so many of you have got in touch wanting to know more. With the help of criminal psychologist Dr Julia Shaw, Josh answers your questions.
Presenters: Josh Baker and Dr Julia Shaw (host of the Bad People podcast on BBC Sounds)
Mixed by: Tom Brignell
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