British govt criticised as ISIS teen's baby dies in camp

13 March, 2019, 15:38 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • 'Strong reports' IS teen bride's baby has died

Prior to the child's death, Ms Begum's sister, Renu, wrote to Mr Javid on behalf of the family challenging the decision to revoke her citizenship.

The other women were named by the Sunday Times as two sisters, Reema, 30, and Zara Iqbal, 28, who are said to have five sons under the age of eight between them and have been widowed after their husbands died fighting for Islamic State.

A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces confirmed to AP that the infant died at a camp in north Syria, where 19-year-old Begum had been living after fleeing the vestiges of the terror group's so-called caliphate.

But British public sentiment hardened against Begum, who showed little remorse about IS attacks when she spoke to journalists at the refugee camp.

Javid's decision to strip Begum of British citizenship prompted a fierce national debate over whether she should be allowed to return home. They left the United Kingdom in 2013 in search of ISIS husbands who have been linked to Islamic extremism.

She added: "If the mother and baby had been brought home, the mother, Shamima Begum, would have faced British justice, but the baby might have lived".

According to a medical report, the baby - who was merely three weeks old - died of pneumonia.

"I don't want to lose this baby as well and this is really not a place to raise children, this camp", she told the BBC at the time.

Senior British opposition figure Diane Abbott called the United Kingdom government's decision "callous and inhumane".

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The 19-year-old had controversially said she wanted to return to the United Kingdom after feeling to Syria at the age of 15.

L-R: Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum in photos issued by police.

Fellow Conservative Party lawmaker Phillip Lee said Saturday he was "deeply concerned" by Javid's handling of the case, suggesting he had taken a hard line in order to please populists.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: "Sadly there are probably many children, obviously perfectly innocent, who have been born in this war zone".

Charity Save the Children said Britain could discuss repatriating youngsters with "relevant authorities", adding: 'What is clear is that governments who wish to repatriate their citizens have been able to do so'. Britain had a moral duty to her and to her baby, he said.

"It is against global law to make someone stateless, and now an innocent child has died as a result of a British woman being stripped of her citizenship", Home Secretary Dianne Abbott Abbott tweeted.

"The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has consistently advised against travel to Syria since April 2011".

It has been claimed that Ms Begum has received death threats from other jihadi brides as she is thought to have disgraced their cause and ideals.

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