Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Shamima Begum: Syrian forces deny reports IS bride's baby has died

Shamima Begum: Syrian forces deny reports IS bride's baby has died

Syrian forces have denied reports that the baby son of Isis bride Shamima Begum has died.

They also pointed out that Shamima Begum does not have the relevant paperwork to reside there.

The 19-year-old's two older children by her Dutch jihadist fighter husband both died before she fled ISIS's last foothold in Syria, the town of Baghouz.

Ms Begum, who left the United Kingdom in 2015, was found in a Syrian refugee camp in mid-February.

Before her son's birth, she told journalists that she wanted to raise her son in Britain, but the government revoked her citizenship.

Akunjee told the paper: "I can confirm that it is our understanding that Shamima has been moved from Al-Hol due to safety concerns around her and her baby".

As the Begum family lawyer emphasised the reports were unconfirmed, others said people in the camp had reported that the baby was still alive.

The mother and her baby are said to have since been moved to another camp nearer to the Iraqi border.

He added: "I know (Shamima) is not a danger to anyone whatsoever. but she made a mistake and will have to live with the consequences. The government will continue to do whatever we can to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and traveling to risky conflict zones".

Begum, 19, gave birth to her third child Jarrah in mid-February, while living at a camp run by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US -backed alliance of Kurds and other groups that is working to drive the Islamic State out of the last territory they hold. She had reportedly left Baghuz - IS's last stronghold.

Ms Begum was 15 when she and two other schoolgirls went to join the terror group in February 2015, and married Yago Riedijk, now 27, shortly afterwards.

A British government spokesman said: "The death of any child is tragic and deeply distressing for the family".

Begum's family had pledged to appeal the decision and wrote to Javid pleading for a safe passage for her baby to come to the UK.

The Begum family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said he had received confirmation that the child, who was only a few weeks old, had died and that Begum's relatives were devastated upon hearing the news. However, this looks unlikely as The Netherlands authorities have said that they will not assist their own nationals returning from fighting in Syria, so are unlikely to help a foreign national.

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