Shamima Begum, a London schoolgirl who ran away from the United Kingdom four years ago to join the Islamic State in Syria when she was just 15-years-old, says she wants to “come home” because she fears for her unborn child’s life.
Begum, now 19 and nine months pregnant, was one of three Bethnal Green students who left the UK in 2015 to join ISIS. In an interview with the Times of London, the woman said she doesn’t “regret coming here” but wants to return to the safety of London to give birth.
The ISIS member reportedly married another fighter and had already given birth to two other children during her time in Syria. Both infants died from illness and malnutrition.
According to the Washington Examiner, Begum fled from the group in eastern Syria two weeks ago and was found at a refugee camp after escaping from jihadists.
“In the end, I just could not endure any more,” Begum said. “I just couldn’t take it. Now all I want to do is come home to Britain.”
The woman said she has not heard from the two other schoolgirls who ran away with her in 2015 to join ISIS, but believes they are still alive.
Ben Wallace, the United Kingdom’s security minister, said British officials will not be traveling to Syria to address Begum’s pleas to come back to Britain due to the danger of that region:
“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: actions have consequences.”
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