British ISIS bride who wants to return to UK gives birth to boy
A British teenager who left the UK to join ISIS in 2015 and now hopes to return home, has given birth, her family’s lawyer said Sunday.
Shamima Begum, who was 15 at the time, left London’s Gatwick Airport with two of her classmates and traveled to Syria.
Mohammed Akunjee said in a statement that Shamima Begum, now 19, had given birth to a boy and that both are believed to be in “good health.”
Speaking to Sky News from the camp and hours after giving birth, Begum said she was aware of ISIS beheadings and other brutality before she left to join the group, and was “OK” with it.
“Yeah I knew about those things and I was OK with it. I started becoming religious just before I left. From what I heard, Islamically that is all allowed so I was OK with it,” Begum told Sky News.
However Begum, who married an ISIS fighter, she was only a housewife during her time in Syria: “I never did anything dangerous, I never made propaganda, I never encouraged people to come to Syria,” she said.
Begum added that people should have sympathy towards her because she “didn’t know” what she was getting into, but says she doesn’t regret her decision.
“In a way yes, but I don’t regret it because it’s changed me as a person, it’s made me stronger, tougher. I married my husband, I wouldn’t have found someone like him back in the UK, I had my kids.” Begum said.
“I did have a good time there, it’s just that in the end things got hard and I couldn’t take it anymore, I had to leave.”
Begum made headlines earlier this week, on February 13, when she was found in a refugee camp in northern Syria by UK newspaper