To target the heart of the Islamic State group, everyone knows that Raqqa is crucial.
As their self-proclaimed capital, the Caliphate’s rule has played out in every part of life in this city. Women unable to travel alone, forced to cover, boys forced to join IS through beheadings and public executions – including crucifixions – in a campaign of fear and intimidation.
Yet nobody outside of Raqqa seemed to know what was happening between January and June 2014. The city was slowly dying, encapsulated within a fortress of horror.
This is what prompted founder and director of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), Abu Ibrahim, to set up his “citizen journalist” outfit.