Tuesday 22 October 2019

Girl who joined ISIS moved from Syrian refugee camp amid 'safety concerns'

Shamima Begum
Shamima Begum
Shamima Begum (Metropolitan Police)
Shamima Begum caught on CCTV as she left the UK to travel to Syria
Shamima Begum in a photo provided by her family
Shamima Begum says she just cares about her son
Radicalised: Londoner Shamima Begum (19) and baby son Jarrah during an interview with ITN in a Syrian refugee camp on Wednesday. Photo: PA
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Shamima Begum and her newborn baby are thought to have been moved from a Syrian refugee camp after they were "threatened", her family's lawyer has said.

The teenager and her infant son were moved from the Al-Hol camp in the north of the country due to "safety concerns around her and her baby", Tasnime Akunjee said.

Ms Begum, who fled from Bethnal Green in east London to join Islamic State as a 15-year-old, recently said she regretted speaking to the media.

The 19-year-old, who gave birth days after her discovery by a journalist was first reported, said she wished she had kept a low profile.

The Sun reported that Ms Begum, who wants to return to the UK but has been stripped of her British citizenship, had received death threats since speaking out about her plight.

The mother and her baby are said to have since been moved to another camp nearer to the Iraqi border.

Mr Akunjee told the paper: "I can confirm that it is our understanding that Shamima has been moved from Al-Hol due to safety concerns around her and her baby.

"We further understand that indeed she and her child had been threatened by others at the Al-Hol camp."

Shamima Begum in a photo provided by her family
Shamima Begum in a photo provided by her family

The development comes after British officials ruled out any effort inside Syria to extract Ms Begum and her child.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her British citizenship in an effort to block her return.

Ms Begum's family have pleaded for the mother and her child to be allowed to come back to Britain.

They say the teenager should face justice if she is found to have broken the law by travelling to Syria.

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