Alhurra Television launches Delusional Paradise, a ground-breaking documentary series on Sept. 26th, exposing the brutality of extremism and the viciousness of Daesh. The Alhurra-produced program goes beyond the daily death count, to focus on the human stories of the living victims.
Springfield, Va. — Delusional Paradise concentrates on the families and communities who have lost loved ones to Daesh. Through raw and griping firsthand accounts, they express their anger and grief as reluctant witnesses to extremism. The program gives a voice and platform to victims, many of whom are speaking publicly for the first time. It airs every Saturday at 20:00 GMT.
“Alhurra’s team searched the Arab world to bring original human stories about the suffering of extremism victims. This program sheds light on the pain and suffering caused by Daesh in a way not often seen on Arab television,” stated Brian Conniff, President of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN). MBN manages and oversees Alhurra. “We wanted to share the real stories of the destruction caused by Daesh, not the ones put out by their propaganda.”
The first episodes focus on parents whose sons left to fight with Daesh and were killed. They denounce Daesh’s actions and its claims to represent Islam. Umm Mohamed, a Tunisian mother who is inconsolable due to the loss of her son, heard from strangers that he was killed. “My son is not a martyr,” she says, “martyrs don’t kill their Muslim brothers.” Nevertheless, she lives on the hope of learning the facts about his death. The series continues with stories from Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Jordan, Syria and other countries.
The Middle East Broadcasting Networks is a non-profit corporation is financed by the U.S. Government through a grant from USAGM. MBN operates Alhurra Television, an Arabic-language television network that broadcasts to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa via satellite, as well as Alhurra-Iraq Television. MBN also operates Sawa, radio and its two dedicated streams, one to Iraq and the other to the Levant. It is available via FM throughout these two areas and provides more than 15 hours of news and information daily on each stream.
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Contact Mary Zoorob
Communications Manager, Alhurra Television, Radio Sawa