Maryam Zaree's birth inside a notorious Iranian prison was a family secret. That was until a bus journey unearthed traumatic memories. She tells Jo Fidgen her story. (Photo courtesy of Maryam Zaree.)
The IS orphans rescued by their grandpa
Patricio Galvez is a Chilean musician who has lived in Sweden for the last 30 years. In 2014 his daughter Amanda travelled to Syria with her children and joined the Islamic State group. When she was killed earlier this year he battled governments, crossed borders and entered a war zone to try and rescue her seven young children.
Photo courtesy of Patricio Galvez
A kid in Australia’s doomsday cult
Ben Shenton's mum handed him over to a notorious Australian cult when he was a baby. The group was called 'The Family.' His hair was bleached, he was forced to take drugs and was told that the glamorous cult leader was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. So what happened when the lies came crashing down?
Correction: We said two girls went to the police with information about the cult. In fact there were three.
Image: Ben Shenton (second child on the right) with other cult members
Credit: supplied by Ben Shenton
Using boxing to help DRC’s 'outcasts'
Balezi Bagunda is known as Kibomango and his first love is boxing, but a lack of career options in the Democratic Republic of Congo meant that he became a soldier at 17. But when the government was overthrown in a coup, Balezi found himself destitute and forced into hiding. He tells Emily Webb how he went from sleeping in a football stadium to creating a boxing club inside that stadium for other people who are looked at as outcasts. (Image: Young people training at a boxing club in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo credit: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images.)
Reclaiming Pepe, my cartoon frog
How does a frog cartoon become a hate symbol? Matt Furie is a comic book illustrator who created Pepe the Frog, a chilled-out character that ended up becoming a hugely popular internet meme. But this frog took on a sinister life of its own as it was adopted by far-right groups in the US. Neal Razzell finds out how this unexpected turn affected Matt and how he’s fought to reclaim his frog.
Image: Pepe the Frog
Credit: Matt Furie