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Latest update : 2017-11-01

Amrou Al-Kadhi: The Iraqi-British drag performer making waves

Until the age of 11, Amrou Al-Kadhi was an Iraqi living in the UAE and Bahrain - immersed in religion, Arab morality and an obligation to "keep up appearances". It was a "silencing" experience for someone with gender identity disorder and something the 27-year-old came to reject as a teenager. In a bid to renounce Islam and a Middle Eastern heritage, Amrou turned to drag, and is now part of a troupe called Denim. He joins us to talk about how he grew up between two cultures.

Also, the Balfour Declaration, a 67-word document that changed the face of the Middle East, is turning 100 years old. It has been celebrated by Israelis and contested by Palestinians and historians alike for decades. But what exactly does it say? Shirli Sitbon explains.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, girls under 18 are continuing to get married. The country's lawmakers announced in October that they're moving to impose measures against child marriage. But in rural areas, where the phenomenon is widespread, many families have no intention of changing their practices. Our correspondents report.

By Joanna COCKERELL , Sanam SHANTYAEI , Tamara PAVAN , Anne POUZARGUES

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2018-09-19 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Rapper I-NZ's 'This is Iraq': When music gets political

This week, we meet Dubai-based Iraqi rapper I-NZ. Earlier this summer, he released a song about what has happened to his country since the US-led invasion in 2003. "This is...

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2018-09-12 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

War in Syria: Hezbollah's secret soldiers

Since it began seven years ago, Syria's civil conflict has drawn in multiple foreign powers. Among them are Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah forces, who have helped prop up the...

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2018-09-05 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Yemen in crisis: More than 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid

It's been dubbed the forgotten war, and today multiple factions are entangled in Yemen's ongoing conflict. For three years, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states have been...

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2018-08-29 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Tortured Syrian cartoonist haunted by detention

Syrian artist Najah Albukai was held twice in the country's notorious detention centres, where he was tortured. His memories of war have become his art. Today, he's determined to...

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2018-08-23 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Mosul girls learn to swim a year after city’s liberation from IS group

It's been just over a year since the Iraqi city of Mosul was liberated from the Islamic State group. Some 870,000 people have since returned to their hometown in a bid to rebuild...

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