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Runaway ISIS teen’s mum asks for ‘mercy’ from UK

By AFP 11/3/2019
In this file photo taken on February 22, 2015, Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London. File photo: Laura Lean/AFP/pool
In this file photo taken on February 22, 2015, Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London. File photo: Laura Lean/AFP/pool
LONDON, United Kingdom – The mother of a London girl who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria urged the UK government on Monday to reinstate the teenager’s British citizenship after she lost her third child.

A lawyer representing Shamima Begum’s family wrote to interior minister Sajid Javid, pleading with him to reverse his February 19 decision to strip her of her British citizenship “as an act of mercy”.

Begum, now 19, had asked to return home after giving birth to a son last month in a refugee camp in northeastern Syria, but London refused. The three-week-old baby, Jarrah, has since died from pneumonia.

She has told British media that her two other children died in infancy in Syria.

Begum’s fate has sparked heated debate in Britain, which like other countries is facing a dilemma over whether to allow jihadists and IS sympathizers home to face prosecution, or stop them from returning at all.

She was 15 when she left east London for Syria with two other schoolgirls in 2015.

She was found by journalists in a refugee camp after fleeing fighting between the jihadist group and US-backed forces.

She is married to Dutch IS fighter Yago Riedijk, 27, who is now being held in a Kurdish-run detention centre in northeast Syria.

Call for mercy 

Urging Javid to reverse his decision, Begum’s mother “requests this reconsideration, as an act of mercy”, following Jarrah’s death, said the letter from law firm Farooq Bajwa and Co.

“It is extremely unlikely that Shamima will be in a fit state to make any rational decisions.”

The letter said the family has not been able to contact Begum directly and their request for help from the British government to contact her was refused in writing by the Home Office on March 5.

“There are immediate fears for Shamima’s health and safety, and the matter is urgent,” the letter said, asking for a response within 24 hours.

The letter was posted on Twitter by lawyer Tasnime Akunjee.

In the wake of the baby’s death, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said officials were working on how to rescue British children born to IS runaways.

Hunt said the death of Begum’s third child was “an incredibly distressing and sad situation” but that it was too dangerous to dispatch officials to the war zone.

“Shamima knew when she made the decision to join Daesh (IS) she was going to a country where there’s no embassy, where there’s no consular assistance,” he told BBC television on Sunday.

“And I'm afraid those decisions, awful though it is, they do have consequences.”

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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 12/3/2019
Hello, Mother ... Are you going to swear before a Crown court in the Old Bailey that you'll kill your daughter if you learn that she's about to take up Jihad again? ... Why do I doubt that you will? Let me count the ways.
Adam | 12/3/2019
I think she deserves whats happening to here even though she was 15 years old when she joined terrorist group like IS, but here baby had nothing to do with this, British government could and should have taken the child to uk as the family wanted, i think British government are guilty of manslaughter here.
Leon | 12/3/2019
The only asshole defending these “runaway” sluts of ISIS are terrorists or their sympathisers. Don’t EVER FORGET WHAT THEY DID TO THE EZIDÎS!!!!! Their blood shall be shed one way or another!! UK should never take them back or have a ounce of mercy for them!! Fuck Corbyn the terrorist MP. Fuck ISIS AND ISLAM!!
Renas | 12/3/2019
Sure, show them mercy so they can do same thing again in a few years. Show her mercy so she can bomb you buses or metros, show her mercy so she can be a ticking bomb in your country. They did not show mercy for anyone, not even kids or women, they sloughtered everyone they could, now they ask for mercy. They acted like animals, but asking for human rights. No, no, no! No mercy for that bitch, no mercy for murderers, no mercy for rapests! The World should not even be informera that people like her still were alive, they should have been executed by YPG immediately. Too bad YPD/SDF did not kill her and all other bitches like het. I hope Iraq and all other countries will execute all ISIS membrers they get back from SDF. And do not send anyone to countries wehere they mot be free, cause they be back to attack again, they are a virus. You can only get rid of a virus by externination. Kill them all, don’t forgive and don’t forget what they have done!
Lemon_Kurd | 12/3/2019
The same mercy her daughter gave to daesh captives? Why are these Pakastani, Bengalis and other non Arabic speaking people the face of Islam in the UK? They Cant read the Quran and they definitely don't understand it, if u stupid idiots actually understood what u were reading and worshipping, instead of listening to some so called mullah who also doesn't speak or read Arabic , you would understand that what you are all doing and continue to do is wrong, don't infuse your backward/villager cultures into a religion that promotes peace, don't use it for your political economical agendas, you disgraceful bunch of in-humans, and maybe this stupid being mother wouldn't have to "BEG" for mercy for her in-human daughter. BIJI KURD W KURDISTAN!
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