Pregnant British woman who joined IS asks government to let her come home
A young girl who left Britain in 2014 to join IS now wants to return home.
Shamima Begum and two of her friends, ran away from home when they were just 15 to join the terrorist organisation.
Now 19 and pregnant, Ms Begum wants to return home to the UK to be with her family but the British government is conflicted.
Lecturer Rania Hafez on whether Shamima Begum, who left UK to join ISIS, should be allowed to return: "Would we be asking this question if her name was Tracey Smith? She is a British citizen. Of course she has to come home."@JuliaHB1 | https://t.co/sv3MZUm41c pic.twitter.com/euk0EchX85
— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) February 14, 2019
The young woman left London when she was just 15-years-old to become a jihadist bride. The teenager was married to an IS fighter soon after arriving in Syria.
Ms Begum said her husband was arrested and she wants to return to the UK to live a quiet life with her baby. The 19-year-old gave birth to two other children who died.
While many sympathise with the expectant mum the UK government are concerned that she could pose a safety risk if she returns home.
Nineteen-year-old Shamima Begum says while she doesn't regret her decision to flee the UK and join ISIS, she now fears for the life of her unborn child and wants to return.@SwainITV has more. pic.twitter.com/v3iOHFYBQk
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) February 14, 2019
Part of the reason for this concern is that the young woman has said that she does not regret her decision to join the organisation.
According to the Irish Times Security minister, Ben Wallace said:
“I'm not putting at risk British people's lives to go and look for terrorists or former terrorists in a failed state – there's consular services elsewhere in the region and the strong message this Government has given for many years is that actions have consequences. People know what they're getting into.”
The pregnant 19-year-old is currently residing in a refugee camp in Syria awaiting the UK government's decision.