Home Secretary Priti Patel tells jihadi bride Shamima Begum there is ‘no way’ she will ever be allowed to return home to Britain after the 19-year-old begged to come back for therapy
- Begum wants to come back for therapy to deal with grief of losing three children
- Ms Patel bluntly responded to her plea by simply saying: ‘No way, no way’
- Begum claims she now hates the Islamic State (IS) and wants to return home
Home Secretary Priti Patel has told jihadi bride Shamima Begum there is ‘no way’ she will be allowed to return to the UK.
Begum, 19, begged to come back to the UK to get therapy earlier this week after saying she now hates the Islamic State (IS).
She left the country as a 15-year-old and went to Syria to join IS. Within days she had married IS member Dutch-born Yago Riedijk.
Since then she says she has given birth to three children, all of whom died.
Begum, 19, had begged to come back to the UK to get therapy earlier this week after saying she now hates the Islamic State (IS)
But in an interview with the Sun Ms Patel responded to her plea by simply saying: ‘No way, no way.’
Begum, who is now living in an internment centre in Syria, said: ‘My mental health situation is not the best.
‘My physical health is OK. I am still young and I do not get sick. That is not my problem. Mentally, though, I am in a really bad way. I need therapy to deal with my grief. It is so hard. I have lost all my children.
‘None of the people I am living with in here know what I have experienced. They are not like my school friends who I could always talk to. They do not understand what I have been through.
‘There is no mental health provision. I have heard that in other camps there is psychiatric help, but not here.’
Home Secretary Priti Patel responded to her plea by simply saying: ‘No way, no way’
Ms Patel told the Sun: ‘Our job is to keep our country safe. We don’t need people who have done harm and left our country to be part of a death cult and to perpetrate that ideology.
‘We cannot have people who would do us harm allowed to enter our country – and that includes this woman.’
Begum said: ‘Mentally I am in a really bad way. I need therapy to deal with my grief. It is so hard. I have lost all my children’
Ms Begum left the UK with her friends Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana, from the Bethnal Green Academy school, to join IS in Syria in 2015.
Within days of her arrival she married Yago Riedijk and spent more than three years living with the group and had three children – all of whom died from disease or malnutrition.
Although she is now desperate to come back to the UK she said she didn’t regret joining the caliphate because it had ‘changed her as a person’.
She said: ‘When I saw my first severed head it didn’t faze me at all.’
Begum claims she is not the ‘same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago’.
And anti-Isis activists agree, stating she is now more dangerous.
They claim she had been part of the hesba — the Isis morality police who beat and tortured those who failed to meet the cult’s strict dress and behavioural codes.
They also alleged she had carried an AK-47; that she had been involved in recruiting other young women to the cause and had even helped sew Isis suicide bombers into their explosive vests so they could not be removed before detonation.
Shamima Begum pictured with her week old son Jerah (now deceased) in Al Hawl camp for captured ISIS wives and children in Kurdish Syria
Shamima Begum, then 15 at Gatwick Airport on her way to Syria
But Begum claims she now hates IS and said: ‘I hate the Dawla [the IS name for itself] so much. I hate these women and what they stand for and what they believe in and that they think they can terrorise anyone who does not share their views.’
‘When I came to this new camp a lot of dangerous women thought I was on their side. But it was a facade to protect me and my son. Now they have figured it out and they hate me.’
It is for this reason she asked not to be photographed.