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Shamima Begum: IS bride says she was ‘brainwashed’ and wants ‘a second chance’ 

The teen was found in a Syrian refugee camp in February after joining Islamic State

Shamima Begum talking to Sky News
Image:Shamima Begum talking to Sky News

Shamima Begum has said she is now coming to terms with the prospect of never being allowed to return to the UK and insists she was “brainwashed” by Islamic State.

She is currently at Syrian refugee camp al Hawl, along with 1,555 other women and children who travelled from abroad to join the extremist group.

Her three-week-old son, Jarrah, died last month two days after being taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.

Speaking for the first time since the death of her third child, the 19-year-old from east London told The Times that she “really regretted everything” and wants “a second chance to start my life over again”.

Kadiza Sultana (L), Shamima Begum (C) and Amira Abase going through Gatwick security before catching a flight to Turkey
Image:Kadiza Sultana (L), Shamima Begum (C) and Amira Abase left for Syria in 2015

She said she left for Syria four years ago, “believing everything that I had been told, while knowing little about the truths of my religion”.

Shamima Begum was one of three schoolgirls, along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase from Bethnal Green Academy in east London, who travelled together to Syria.

There, she married a Dutch fighter called Yago Riedijk, and the couple earlier this year fled the final IS stronghold of Baghouz in the east of the country where the caliphate was defeated by US-backed Kurdish-led forces.

Source: Shamima Begum: IS bride says she was ‘brainwashed’ and wants ‘a second chance’ | World News | Sky News