For a group of Iraqi youth, social TV has become a way to unite their country. They have started a TV show called Salam Shabab, on which kids, ages 14-18, compete to become an “Ambassador of Peace.” To earn the title, contestants participate in various mental and physical challenges, and in the end submit a short film.
These contestants come from varying regions of Iraq and are from different religious sects. The purpose behind this is to find common ground that holds importance beyond religious differences.
The show’s Facebook following is growing at a rapid rate. The youth of Iraq are a growing online presence, and Salam Shabab’s online presence allows the creators of the show and its contestants to express their hope for the future of their country.