Secretly filmed footage shows life within ISIS-held Mosul

An in-depth view of life in Mosul a year after ISIS took over

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The BBC has published an in-depth view of life in Mosul on Tuesday, a year after ISIS took over, and using secretly filmed footage of the day-to-day events and happenings within the northern city of Iraq as well as interviewed a handful of residents that fled.

The lives of several Iraqi residents have changed drastically since the arrival of the militant group, they told the BBC.

“I have lost my job and have been forced to abandon my studies. Like everyone else, I am denied my basic rights. According to IS, everything is 'haram' (forbidden) and so I end up just sitting at home all the time. Even simple leisure activities like picnics are banned now in Mosul, under the pretext that they are a waste of time and money.” Hisham told BBC, his name, as well as others, altered to protect his identity referring to ISIS.

"Meanwhile, my brother was given 20 lashes just because he didn't shut his shop during prayer time - as if you can just impose religion by force!"

The video highlights six main areas where the militant group has conquered and altered, as well as tactics used to intimidate and spread fear within the city, while also using propaganda to increase recruitment. Women, for example, were supposed to be draped in black from head to toe, including the face and leaving nothing but the eyes to show.

“We had heard stories of men being flogged because their wives didn't put their gloves on,” Hanaa explained to the broadcaster.

Minorities were ousted from the city as they were deemed as ‘kuffar’ (non-believers of Islam) and had their previous homes taken apart and wrecked.

Several rules are implemented, and when those who broke them were arrested, torturous actions would occur in public as to intimidate and spread fear.

"Theft is punished by amputating a hand, adultery by men by throwing the offender from a high building, and adultery by women by stoning to death. The punishments are carried out in public to intimidate people, who are often forced to watch,” Zaid told the BBC.

Life is dark within the confines of ISIS, residents are locked in an outdoor prison where their basic rights are stripped from them; the suffocation under their grasp of tyrannical rule and oppressive beliefs rammed down children’s throats in an effect to “plant the seeds of violence, hate and sectarianism,” reported the BBC.

“ISIS is the enemy of humanity,” the residents said, adding: "With the help of God, we will defeat ISIS.”