'ISIS bride' Shamima Begum's baby Jarrah has died, claims family lawyer in 'strong, but as yet unconfirmed reports'
The 19-year-old woman had made headlines last month after she expressed a desire to return to the UK after fleeing to Syria
UK's 'ISIS bride' Shamima Begum's baby son, who was about two weeks old, has reportedly died, according to her family lawyer. The lawyer took to Twitter on Friday stating that there are "strong but as yet unconfirmed reports" that the newborn is no more.
The 19-year-old woman had made headlines last month after she expressed a desire to return to the UK after fleeing to Syria. Begum was tracked down to a refugee camp in Northern Syria where, while talking to The Times, she said: "All I want to do is come back to Britain."
Begum had reportedly married a Dutch ISIS fighter named Yago Riedijk three weeks after she arrived in Syria. Her first two children died from illness and malnutrition and she had wanted to come back to the UK because she was pregnant again and was concerned about her third child.
Begum's family lawyer Tasnime Akunjee wrote on Twitter: "We have strong but as yet unconfirmed reports that Shamima Begum's son has died. He was a British citizen."
We have strong but as yet unconfirmed reports that Shamima Begums son has died . He was a British Citizen.— Mohammed T Akunjee (@MohammedAkunjee) March 8, 2019
Shortly after reports of her wanting to come back to the UK came out, Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced that her British citizenship had been stripped and the 19-year-old was not allowed to come back.
Begum's baby was born last month and she and her newborn, Jarrah, had been living at a Syrian refugee camp. She had revealed last month that her son was unwell and she did not want him to return to the UK alone.
"I am struggling to get my supplies in right now," Begum had said in an interview with Sky News.
Shamima Begum "wasn't really aware of the world around her" according to her husband.— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 4, 2019
Former IS fighter Yago Riedijk married Shamima when she was 15 years old: https://t.co/2hzHBhlT63 pic.twitter.com/jSwmyRIiRk
"I don't have a card because they lost my card, so I have to run around to take care of my son now, when I am sick. I am not getting my stuff."
When asked if she wanted to say anything to the UK politicians, Begum said: "I would like them to re-evaluate my case with a bit more mercy in their heart, you know."
Begum fled the UK four years ago from Gatwick Airport to Turkey along with her friends Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase. The trio reportedly told their parents they were going out for the day.