Mosul is a major city in northern Iraq, which had an ethnically diverse population of over 1.8 million at the start of the 21st century.
An estimated half million people fled Mosul in the second half of 2014 when the jihadist IS began its fight for control of the city. Since October 2016 it has been the site of a military operation led by the Iraqi government, in an effort to dislodge and the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant." This was the largest deployment of Iraqi forces since the 2003 invasion of Iraq by US and coalition forces. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Mosul.
Destroyed homes, columns of smoke, fleeing people: Looking at pictures like these of the war in Iraq, it is easy to forget that a peaceful everyday life once existed. One last remnant of that was Mosul zoo - now the animals have been evacuated to safety. The situation for thousands of people remains critical, however.
On this week's show, we meet Iraqi Christians who are struggling to rebuild their lives after escaping "Islamic State" rule, and a Syrian journalist in Germany who is unable to return home. Plus, how scientists are using the impacts of climate change to make music, and the man working to keep Martin Luther King's message of love and nonviolence alive.