Shamima Begum feared women would ‘kill her baby if she said wrong things’
ISIS bride Shamima Begum has revealed she wanted to take her own life after the death of one of her children – and has begged Britain to give her a “second chance”.
Begum was 15 when she and two other east London schoolgirls travelled to Syria to join the terror group in February 2015.
Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds shortly after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that she should not be allowed back to the UK to pursue an appeal.
In The Return: Life After ISIS, originally filmed in 2019 and released this week, Begum asked Britain to allow her to return, AFP reports.
In an interview from the al-Roj refugee camp in Syria, Begum said: “I would say to the people in the UK, give me a second chance because I was still young when I left.
“I just want them to put aside everything they’ve heard about me in the media.”
She said she felt like an “outsider” in London who wanted to “help the Syrians”.
However, she later realised that ISIS were “trapping people” to boost their numbers and “look good for the [propaganda] videos”.
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In February 2019, Begum told The Times that she “didn’t regret” travelling to Syria.
However, she claimed in the documentary that she "had no choice but to say certain things" to journalists "because I lived in fear of these women coming to my tent one day and killing me and killing my baby".
During the film, Begum also broke down when talking about the death of her children, MailOnline reports.
In March 2019, her baby boy passed away from pneumonia. He was less than three weeks old.
Prior to that, Begum lost two other children – a son and a daughter.
She said: “When she died it was so hard because I just felt so alone and I felt like my entire world was falling apart in front of me and I couldn't' do anything.
“I felt like it was my fault for not getting them out sooner.
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“When she died at that moment I just wanted to kill myself. I felt like I couldn't even get up to run any more when there were bombings.”
The documentary, directed by Spanish filmmaker Alba Sotorra Clua, premiered this week at the online Texas-based South By Southwest festival.
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