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The Syrian woman who dared film life under the IS group

FRANCE 24 meets the young Syrian woman who secretly filmed the Islamic State group in their Raqqa stronghold in Syria and was forced to flee to France, fearing for her life.

Last year, Haya El Ali, 26, took a huge risk when she used a hidden camera to film life in Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s stronghold in northern Syria.

Her remarkable footage was broadcast by several media outlets, including FRANCE 24, in September 2014. The scenes that she managed to capture by hiding a camera in her handbag were as astonishing as they are rare.

>>> Watch our special report: Syrian student risks her life to film IS group stronghold

When she was recognised by the Islamic extremists, Haya received death threats and had to flee, by way of Turkey, to Europe. Today, she is a refugee in France.

Our journalists report on Haya's daily life in the French capital as she looks back on her experiences, and explains why she still feels unable to fit in.

By Claire BILLET , Lyana SALEH

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