25 May 2019

Fatima Bhutto on what drives young people to join Islamic State

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

Poverty, alienation, dislocation: just some of the experiences which drive young people towards terror organisations like Islamic State – eloquently described in a new novel by Fatima Bhutto.

The Runaways tells the story of three young people in England and Pakistan and their journey through radicalisation to a jihadi training camp in Iraq.

Bhutto herself was born into one of the world’s most prominent political dynasties – as the niece of the former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto – her father was assassinated when she was just 14. I caught up with her to ask about her latest book.