The idea behind these interviews was to get closer and closer
to interesting people, who have lived under the thread
or influence of the Islamic State (IS).
Hama, my driver and translator, had the idea to meet his
old friend Mohammed, who is an app-designer and
software-engineer living in Erbil and Makhmur.
All I knew was, that he was ‘very close’ to the IS.
Mohammed showed us around in the Technical Institute of Erbil, where he used to be a student and is teaching students now. As best student of his year, he received this job opportunity. The Head of Department, Teacher Ali and the Dean of the Institute were more than happy to welcome us. It was a surprise to see, that about 80% of the IT-students were female.