Family Of Pregnant British Teenager Who Left Home For ISIS Asks UK To Bring Her Back ‘Urgently’
The family of the pregnant British teenager who left her home to join ISIS in 2015 is pleading for her return.
Shamima Begum’s family has asked the UK government to bring the 19-year-old back “urgently,” according to a BBC report Friday.
They also said Begum’s unborn child is “a total innocent” and has the right to grow up in the “peace and security” of the UK, the outlet reported.
Her family’s urgent request comes days after Begum, who was found in a refugee camp in northern Syria, told the Times she wanted to return.
“I know what everyone at home thinks of me, as I have read all that was written about me online,” she said. “But I just want to come home to have my child. I’ll do anything required just to be able to come home and live quietly with my child.”
However, Britain’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he would block any attempt Britons who traveled to the Middle East to join the ISIS made to come back, according to the Associated Press.
Begum ran away in 2015 with two other classmates, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, from East London for the terror group. The three joined at a time when ISIS lured numerous teenage girls online. They were planning on meeting a fourth girl who had already joined the Islamic State extremists.
In the explosive Times interview, Begum said that while she wants to be back in the UK, she doesn’t regret her choices.
“I’m not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago,” she said. “And I don’t regret coming here.”
Begum could possibly face criminal charges if she did return. It is an offense to actively support a banned group such as the Islamic State.
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