Islam

'If we stay a secret, there will be a genocide'

The secretive Kaka'i of Iraq are finally speaking out
The Kaka'i are a secretive religious minority in Iraq who usually avoid the cameras. 

As with the Yazidis, religious minorities such as the Kaka'is are considered "infidels" by ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim jihadist groups like Islamic State (IS), making them a target for militant attacks.
 
They say they have also faced discrimination and violence from the Shia Muslim-dominated paramilitary Popular Mobilisation force since the Iraqi central government retook control of Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga forces in 2017. 
 
The Kaka’is say they are opening up about their faith in an attempt to avert the threat of genocide.

Camera: Dom Byrne
Producer: Dom Byrne and Sophia Smith Galer

Sex education: the clash of LGBT and religious rights

Sex education: the clash of LGBT and religious rights
LGBT and religious rights are both protected by law - so what happens when they clash? 

A change in the law is about to make it tougher for parents to remove their kids from relationship and sex education classes on religious grounds so, whose rights are more important?

The French Muslim street artist painting for co-existence

Combo has painted about faith in secular France
Combo says he is French first, Muslim second - and has a lot to say about how religion is discussed in French society.

One of his works, a logo called 'co-exist' that he has spray-painted in cities around the world, celebrated religious diversity; but he received criticism in the French media for inciting religious discourse on the streets of a country that celebrates secularism.

He was once beaten up for painting the logo on a wall - and his more recent projects celebrating LGBT rights in Paris have been vandalised. 

Producer: Sophia Smith Galer
(Photo credit: Combo)