One early morning in October 2013, two Norwegian-Somali teenage sisters prepare themselves to go to school. Or so they pretend. They leave Oslo that morning, heading to cross the Syrian border to join the Islamist insurgence.
Their parents are in shock, they had no idea. The father — a former child soldier from Somalia — follows their trail. He finds them, only to be thrown into an ISIS-prison where he is tortured and made the victim of several mock executions. The sisters decide to stay in Syria, they marry ISIS fighters, and become part of the so-called ‘Housewifes of Raqqa.’
What made them go? What is the cause of their radicalization? What role does religion play? Is this a teenage revolt against parents who never let them choose how to live their life? Why do they argue that using the niqab is a feminist act?
Winner of the Brage Prize 2016 and the Norwegian Book Blogger Award 2016 (Open class).
Praise for One of Us (2013):
‘[T]his is journalism at its very best . . . undoubtedly Seierstad’s most powerful narrative to date.’
The Sunday Times
‘An astonishing work . . . One of Us looks straight at horror and doesn’t flinch: it is classic reporting.’