The Making of The Shamima Begum Story

The Making of The Shamima Begum Story


Sun 6th 15:20 - 15:45

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With Josh Baker & Hassan Akkad - Sunday Papers Live - CULTURE

At just 15, Shamima Begum ran away from her London home with two school friends to join ISIS in war torn Syria. Four years later, she was the only one of the girls to emerge from the ashes of the so-called caliphate. She was pregnant with her third child and desperate to come home, but the British government took away her citizenship to stop her coming back, saying she was a threat to national security. Today the question of what to do with Shamima Begum has become one of the most contentious topics in British Society.

From a detention camp in Syria, she’s given investigative journalist Josh Baker what she says is her full account of everything that happened. He’s been following her story since the day she left in 2015 and spent more than a year retracting her journey and interrogating her account piecing together where she went, who she met and what she did while she was with IS to try and find out the truth behind Shamima Begum’s story.

Now Josh Baker the creator behind the BBC's most-awarded podcast series, I'm Not A Monster, comes together with Bafta-winning filmmaker and activist Hassan Akkad to discuss the issue and answer your questions about one of the biggest and one of the biggest stories in Britain.