Complex and deeply unsettling, Warriors from the North follows the stories of a group of disillusioned and ostracized Danish youth who leave everything behind to join the ranks of al-Shabaab, with devastating consequences.
In a marquee in Mogadishu, a graduation ceremony for new doctors is taking place. In the front row a journalist appears to be taking photos. No one knows that this young man is Abdi Rahman from Denmark, nor that in just a few seconds he will blow himself up and take several young doctors with him in the blast.
Warriors from the North traces Abdi, Hassan and Mohammed’s stories, each of which follow a horrifically similar path. Born to immigrant parents all three are angry, disillusioned and ostracized Muslim European youth. Each of them left everything behind to join the ranks of al-Shabaab, an extremist Islamic terrorist group in Somalia. Their story is told from the unique perspective of their best friend, who decided at the last minute to stay in Copenhagen rather than travelling to Somalia.
A complex and multi-layered narrative, Warriors from the North offers chilling insight into what fuels the current trend of Western Muslim youth leaving the West to join radical terrorist groups abroad.