Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

British ISIS bride Shamima Begum's baby dies of pneumonia in Syrian camp

British ISIS bride Shamima Begum's baby dies of pneumonia in Syrian camp

Ms Begum, who fled east London to join the cult aged 15, had pleaded to return to Britain with her boy after already losing two children, but Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked her passport.

A former Police chief who has supported the Begum family after the schoolgirl fled to Syria says they are "devastated" to hear that her three-week-old baby has died.

Shamima Begum, 19, had asked to return home after giving birth to her son Jarrah last month in the camp in northeastern Syria, but London refused.

The Begum's family lawyer Tasnime Akunjee had tweeted on Friday: "We have strong but as yet unconfirmed reports that Shamima Begums son has died".

Britain has revoked citizenship from two more women who joined the Islamic State group in Syria, a newspaper reported today, raising questions about the fate of their children.

Begum and her family argue the government has rendered the British-born woman stateless.

"The Home Secretary (interior minister) failed this British child and he has a lot to answer for".

I have nothing but sympathy for the children that have been dragged into this.

Two senior government members yesterday said the death was a tragedy but that the Home Secretary took the decision on grounds of national security.

The UK Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases, adding that "decisions to withdraw citizenship from individuals were evidence-based and not taken lightly".

In an interview with the BBC after the birth of Jarrah, she said she did not regret travelling to Syria - although she added that she did not agree with everything the IS group had done.

Her predicament sparked a national debate on how the United Kingdom should handle Britons who had joined the extremists and now seek to return because IS has lost its territory in Syria and Iraq.

"Sadly in this case (Shamima Begum's) as we know, it wasn't possible".

She also said that she never sought to be an IS "poster girl" and simply wished to raise her child quietly in the UK.

"It is possible the death of this baby boy and others could have been avoided. And I'm afraid those decisions, very bad though it is, they do have consequences", he told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show.

Reema and Zara Iqbal, sisters who between them have five sons under the age of eight, have had their British citizenship removed since marrying Isis fighters in Syria.

The 52-year-old continued that the Foreign Office had not sent officials to Syria because "we have to think about the safety of the British officials that I would send into that war zone as a representative of the Government".

Like this: