Uncovering the horrors of ISIS

Joseph Hayat of Sleaford, out in Iraq. EMN-160305-105336001
Joseph Hayat of Sleaford, out in Iraq. EMN-160305-105336001

A young TV presenter and producer from Sleaford has just returned from filming a documentary on the effects of the struggles with ISIS in Iraq.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the launch of the eye-opening documentary series on British Muslim TV featuring former Sleaford St George’s Academy student Joseph Hayat, 23.

‘Hayat in Iraq’ provides an insight into the reality of life in Iraq with the young broadcast journalist witnessing some desperate situations and victims.

Under the invitation of Baroness Emma Nicholson, chairman of the AMAR Foundation, which organises care and treatment for the victims of ISIS, the series explores the hardship faced by the thousands of internally displaced people living just kilometres from the frontlines of so called ‘Islamic State’ (Daesh).

The first episode highlighted the ramifications of terrorism on British Muslims and featured interviews with the likes of faith leaders, politicians and prominent leaders in the charitable sector to identify appropriate calls to action that young people can relate to and implement, as well as identifying the appropriate protocol that must be adhered to when legitimately travelling to Iraq.

The series includes exclusive interviews with young female victims of Daesh with shocking revelations, including allegations of young girls aged 16 or under who had allegedly been kidnapped, beaten and raped by jihadists, including those from Britain, as well as being forced into marrying militants.

As well as Daesh victims, Joseph met and interviewed Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Nick Donaldson an outreach manager with The Charity Commission, Baroness Emma Nicholson and Mustafa Field, Director of the Faiths Forum for 
London.

Series producer and presenter Joseph was UK Youth Parliament MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham from 2009 to 2011 and now studies at the University of Westminster.

He said: “I wanted to show the natural beauty of Iraq, its humanitarian needs and to demonstrate how ordinary Brits like you and I can take constructive actions to come to the aid of the Iraqi 
people.”

The series premiered on Monday at 8.30pm on British Muslim TV, Sky Channel 845, on Freeview channel 244 via Vision TV and online via BritishMuslim.tv

Pursuing a career in media, Joseph has presented for Channel 4 and Russia Today, as well as a live radio talk 
show.