"WITH RAP, WE COME:" THE STORY OF A YOUNG FROM MANBIJ

"WITH RAP, WE COME:" THE STORY OF A YOUNG FROM MANBIJ
Investigations | 07 Jan 2015

After ISIS stormed the city of Manbij in the Aleppo countryside, young Abboud fled to Turkey, bringing with him rap songs that criticized the regime, during the early days of the Revolution, and attacked ISIS at a later stage.

The young chose rap lyrics to be his contribution to the Revolution. He staged concerts in his hometown Manbij's main Square, after the opposition fully controlled it three years ago. He sang for freedom and justice, denouncing the actions and practices of the regime.

Abboud talks about his career with rap: "I began in 2011 with the start of the Revolution. I first started to perform simple songs in Manbij, then started giving concerts. My goal was to deliver a message to the Syrian people and educate the youth."

He never thought that Rap would become the cause of his displacement from his hometown. Yet, after the entry of ISIS and their control of Manbij; he was forced to flee, fearing arrest or murder. He did not, however, stop exposing the organization and its practices against the peoplebeheading and hanging on crosses in public squares.

Says Rosna: "I sing against ISIS, to show people that this is not a state, nor Caliphate. They are nothing but common thieves and brigands. Most ISIS recruits from Manbij are drug addicts, and their pasts are well known to all."

 


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