Destination Syria Trail

The British Government has told its citizens not to go to Syria. The country has been in a state of civil war for more than 3 years, more than 150 thousand people are believed to have been killed and the war has attracted hundreds of British fighters. The UK authorities argue that Brits may be radicalised by what they see if they go to Syria and that even charity workers could get caught up in terrorism if they go. The UK government has threatened to seize the passport of anyone ignoring these warnings. But some British Muslims are going anyway. Catrin Nye travels overland to the Syrian border with a group from Bolton in the North of England. She waits for them on the border as they enter Syria, to deliver aid, money and ambulances - risking their lives and their passports. She asks what drives them to go, why they ignore the advice of the UK authorities and what they make of those UK citizens going to fight in Syria and whether they believe they pose a threat to Britain on their return.

Broadcast information:
BBC Asian Network - Fri 4th - 1700 BST

BBC World News
Fri 4th - 20:30, 23:30 GMT
Sat 5th - 05:30, 11:30, 16:30 GMT
Sun 6th - 17:30, 2230 GMT

North America Only
Mon 7th - 02:30 GMT
Thu 10th - 01:30 GMT

News Channel
Sat 5th - 04:30, 21:30 BST
Sun 6th - 03:30, 21:30 BST

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