IS bride Shamima Begum seeking Dutch citizenship

The Islamic State (IS) bride whose British citizenship was revoked after pleading to return home to England is now seeking a Dutch citizenship.

In 2015 at the age of 15, Shamima Begum left the United Kingdom for Syria with two friends, desiring a life with the terrorist group.

Last week it emerged Ms Begum wanted to return to England to give birth to her third child, who she has since had while living in a Syrian refugee camp.

But the United Kingdom didn't welcome her with open arms, instead revoking her citizenship.

"I am not that shocked but I am a bit shocked. It's a bit upsetting and frustrating. I feel like it's a bit unjust on me and my son," she told ITV News.

Under international law, it is forbidden that nations make people stateless by revoking their only citizenship. However, the BBC reports the Home Office believes Ms Begum is eligible for citizenship to another country.

Ms Begum told ITV news she is now seeking a Dutch citizenship as her IS fighter husband, Yago Riedijk, is from Holland.

Mr Riedijk recently surrendered to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and his fate has been unclear since.

"If he gets sent back to prison in Holland I can just wait for him while he is in prison," said Ms Begum.

"I don't know how I would be seen as a danger. I'm not going to go back and provoke people to go to ISIS or anything, if anything I'm going to encourage them not to go because it's not all as it seems in their videos."

The British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said Ms Begum's baby could still have a British citizenship as if a parent loses their citizenship, it does not affect the child's rights.

Ms Begum fled from an IS base three weeks ago, fearing the safety for her then unborn child.

"In the end, I just could not endure anymore," she told the Times at the time. "I just couldn't take it. Now all I want to do is come home to Britain."

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said last week that, if she was in charge, she would have let the British teen back into the United Kingdom.

"She is a UK citizen, she's born there. The head of (intelligence agency) MI6 says she has a right to return," she told Newstalk ZB.

A Sky News poll found 78 percent of people support the decision to revoke Ms Begum's citizenship, while 65 percent believe it was the right action even if it broke international law.


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