Shamima Begum's mother begs for 'act of mercy' from British Home Office after baby's death

The mother of Islamic State (IS) bride Shamima Begum is pleading with the British government to reconsider its decision to revoke her citizenship as an "act of mercy".

In February, Begum's citizenship was revoked after it emerged she was wanting to return to England from Syria to give birth to her third child - a son she eventually had in Syria.

The boy, however, died last week at the age of less than three weeks old.

Now, Begum's mother, Asma, is begging the British Home Office to reconsider its decision to revoke her daughter's citizenship as "an act of mercy" in light of last week's tragic news.

"It is extremely unlikely that Shamima will be in a fit state to make any rational decisions. You will appreciate there are immediate fears for Shamima's health and safety, and the matter is urgent," a letter written on Ms Begum's behalf said.

As Shamima gave birth to the son before her citizenship was revoked, the baby is considered British, and subsequently, the Home Office has come under fire for not doing more to protect it.

Last week, a UK government spokesman said the death of any child is "tragic and deeply distressing for the family".

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

"The government will continue to do whatever we can to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and travelling to dangerous conflict zones."


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