• Seeking refuge - a family from Syria escapes ISIS

    "People think that we can just go back home. But to where would we return?"

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  • ExtremeLives returns for a new season

    With the support of the European Union and Facebook, this year's videos explore themes of displacement, peacebuilding, propaganda, and resilience.

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  • A YouTuber in Yangon

    Nadir Nahdi from YouTube channel BENI explored the rich diversity of Myanmar with activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi.

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  • Featured Stories: My Online Fight Against ISIS

    The co-founder Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Abdalaziz Alhamza, discusses social media's role in ISIS’ recruitment strategy.

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  • Welcome to ExtremeLives

    Our video series speaks to people directly affected by violent extremism

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  • Telling stories, changing lives

    Addressing violent narratives online might be one way to prevent extremism

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Uncovering stories of people affected by violent extremism in Asia


In recent years, radical groups have leveraged online spaces and networks to promote their violent worldviews and reach a wider pool of potential recruits across the world. To understand and prevent extremism, we need to understand the people it affects.

With first-hand accounts of the darkest days of ISIS-occupied Raqqa, dispatches from an insider of a network training militants across Asia, and stories from journalists fighting misinformation in a post-truth world, ExtremeLives is a video series that offers a unique opportunity to delve deep into polarizing issues affecting our modern age.

Exploring themes of recruitment, radicalization, and rehabilitation, the role of news corporations and social media, and refugees fleeing violence and migrant workers targeted by underground groups, ExtremeLives brings us closer to figuring out how to stop the spread of extremist ideologies.

This video project is supported by the European Union and Facebook.

Season Three


The new season of ExtremeLives has now launched, opening with a story of survival admist displacement.

Ahmad, Soraya and their children are Syrian refugees who have escaped ISIS-related violence, and are now living in a big block of flats on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. But Malaysia does not legally recognise refugees. Ahmad and Soraya worry for the future of their young children. Watch the video



ExtremeLives has featured truth activist and TIME Person of the Year, Maria Ressa, Abdalaziz Alhamsa whose civilian journalist organisation Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently provided undercover reporting on ISIS, and former terrorist Nasir Abas among others. More


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Deep dive into topics relating to extremism, written by former ExtremeLives speakers and development experts at the front lines of preventing violence. More

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