5 episodes

Shamima Begum was 15 years old when she left Bethnal Green with her two school friends to travel to Syria to join the ISIS Caliphate in 2015. It was an event that left people across the world questioning how and why this could happen. As the war against ISIS continued, her fate remained a mystery. 5 years later Shamima re-emerged in a Syrian refugee camp, her apparent lack of remorse immediately turning her into a figure of hate. From day one, ITV News, led by its Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo, has followed the story of Shamima closer than anyone else. With unparalleled archive, unique testimonies, exclusive interviews and analysis from an award winning journalist, we unpack the story from when it started, to where we are now. It's a story with one individual at the heart of it, but one that involves multiple agencies, institutions and countries, all seeking to shift the blame for how and why this happened. In Shamima Begum - The Blame Game, Rohit Kachroo addresses those questions.

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Shamima Begum was 15 years old when she left Bethnal Green with her two school friends to travel to Syria to join the ISIS Caliphate in 2015. It was an event that left people across the world questioning how and why this could happen. As the war against ISIS continued, her fate remained a mystery. 5 years later Shamima re-emerged in a Syrian refugee camp, her apparent lack of remorse immediately turning her into a figure of hate. From day one, ITV News, led by its Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo, has followed the story of Shamima closer than anyone else. With unparalleled archive, unique testimonies, exclusive interviews and analysis from an award winning journalist, we unpack the story from when it started, to where we are now. It's a story with one individual at the heart of it, but one that involves multiple agencies, institutions and countries, all seeking to shift the blame for how and why this happened. In Shamima Begum - The Blame Game, Rohit Kachroo addresses those questions.

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    Trailer: Shamima Begum: The Blame Game

    Shamima Begum was 15 years old when she left Bethnal Green with her two school friends to travel to Syria to join the ISIS Caliphate in 2015. From day one, ITV News, led by its Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo, has followed the story of Shamima closer than anyone else.

    With unparalleled archive, unique testimonies, exclusive interviews and analysis from an award winning journalist, we unpack the story from when it started, to where we are now.

    It's a story with one individual at the heart of it, but one that involves multiple agencies, institutions and countries, all seeking to shift the blame for how and why this happened.

    In Shamima Begum - The Blame Game, Rohit Kachroo addresses those questions.

    • 2 min
    Episode 1: The Disappearance

    Episode 1: The Disappearance

    In February 2015, 15 year old Shamima Begum left the UK with two of her school friends. They were travelling from the UK to Syria to join the ISIS Caliphate.

    In the first few hours of the investigation, the girls seem to be on their way to Turkey. Their families and the police aren’t yet ready to make a public appeal. Everyone wants them to come back without their names and faces being pictured all over the newspapers but at Gatwick Airport the CCTV cameras have captured a powerful piece of evidence. The girls have been filmed strolling through the terminal on their way to catch their flight.

    As the timeline of their journey starts to unravel, ITV’s Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo revisits the headlines to ask why they left and ultimately, who is to blame?

    • 36 min
    Episode 2: The Fallout

    Episode 2: The Fallout

    The girl’s journey from Bethnal Green to Syria makes headlines around the world.

    A diplomatic row is brewing, territory is still being crossed by the three girls on the road towards Raqqa. It’s seventeen days since they went missing, a message comes into ITV News from a contact. It’s from a source in Syria with news about the girls. They say they’re in a safe house where they’re apparently “waiting to get married” and it sounds like they don’t want to come back.

    ITV’s Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo delves into the fallout as government agencies and politicians engage in a round of finger pointing.

    • 21 min
    Episode 3: The Escape

    Episode 3: The Escape

    Eighteen months since the girls went missing and one of them - Kadiza Sultana - is dead.

    Representatives from three different political parties in Tower Hamlets come together to discuss the question of a serious case review - or lack of one. Questions for the local authorities are asked.

    And after years of silence, Shamima escapes from ISIS territory and is finally found. ITV’s Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo meets her to present her with a letter from the Home Secretary stripping her of her British Citizenship.
    Why has she become one of the most hated women in Britain and what role does gender play in our perception of terrorism?

    • 38 min
    Episode 4: The Consequence

    Episode 4: The Consequence

    Shamima Begum is no longer British. Her case is heard in the Supreme Court - but will she ever be judged fairly?

    She’s stuck in a Syrian camp, nowhere to go. Not into freedom in Syria, or back home to go on trial, and certainly not to Bangladesh.

    She says she’s being singled out because of the intense media attention she’s received but we look at other cases like hers to see just how common losing your British citizenship is.

    In this final episode, ITV’s Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo looks at the role of the media and of the public in shaping Shamima’s story.





    Shamima Begum: The Blame Game is written and presented by Rohit Kachroo, produced by Dawn Kelly, Tam Hussein, Dan Howells, Katie Bilboa and Will Tullis. The executive producer is Matt Williams.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

iwirua ,

Genuine security risk

She has no real attachment to her family in the UK, no affection for this country and often states she feels unloved and her most valued relationships are with her friends who also absconded to ISIS. I would be very afraid regarding her future behaviour and the likelihood of her committing terrorist acts should she ever return.

Susie_London ,

You filmed her losing her citizenship?

Was it really necessary to film her reading that her citizenship had been revoked? Let me be clear. She joined a terrorist group which is inexcusable. I have no sympathy for her situation. But you exploited her for your own means. Take a leaf out of Josh Baker’s approach to treat everyone fairly. You exhibit gutter press morals.

DavidsinDubai ,

Bring them all back

For me the main question is this: Is it decent behaviour for countries like the UK to dump these people in the Syrian and Kurdish regions for them to deal with for the rest of their lives ? Each nation should take back their people and deal with them under the laws of that country. I don’t believe this girl is a threat to anyone and neither are the hundreds of children born to ISIS brides who deserve a chance of a decent life.

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