Shamima Begum today said she would rather die than go back to ISIS as she spoke on TV during her first live broadcast.
Dressed in lipstick, a brown vest and a baseball cap, the 22-year-old said she was “molested and groomed” by ISIS jihadists on her way to Syria from Britain as she spoke to a refugee camp on the country’s border.
22-year-old Begum left Britain at the age of 15 to join ISIS in Syria.
In February 2019, the British government issued an order revoking his British citizenship, saying he would never be allowed to return.
Today, Shamima suggested that a country should not deport anyone for the mistake she made when she was 15 – adding that she “would rather die” than go back to Isis.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain during her first live TV broadcast, the former Isis bride said: “If Isis had to come back now, if they would come to the gate now and say, ‘Who wants to join us?’ and ‘Whoever will not join us, we will kill them’.
“I would prefer to die. I would rather die than go back to Isis.”
Wearing a strappy top, dyed nails, and letting her hair down, Shamima suggested she was too young to fully understand what she was going through when she joined IS – adding that she could easily may be affected by.
“I think yes, I was framed and taken advantage of and manipulated to come,” she told GMB.
And she said that at the time she didn’t know that Isis was “a death cult”.
He continued: “I thought it was an Islamic community I was joining.
I think yes, I was framed and taken advantage of and manipulated to come.
“There was a lot of information being given to me on the internet by ISIS people that I needed to come because I couldn’t be a good Muslim in the UK.”
Asked what she expected to happen when she left Britain, Shamima said she thought she would “simply get married, have children and lead a pure Islamic life”.
She told Richard Madley and Susannah Reid: “I knew there was war but not in places where women and children were living.
“I thought it would be safe for me. I had no idea that Isis wanted to take over the world.”
Shaming her facial hair with her hands adorned with pink nail polish, Shamima denied being directly involved in terrorist preparations.
She said: “I am prepared to go to court and face those people and refute these claims, because I know I have done nothing in IS but am a mother and a wife.
He said, “These claims are being made to make me look bad as the government has nothing on me.
“There’s no proof because nothing ever happened.”
Apologizing, she said: “I know it is very hard for the British people to try to forgive me because they live in fear of IS and have lost loved ones because of IS, but I am also in fear of IS.” I am living and I have also lost loved ones to IS, so I can sympathize with them in this way.
“I know it is very difficult for them to forgive me, but I say from the bottom of my heart that if I have ever hurt anyone by coming here, if I have ever hurt anyone with my words, I will be very have regret.”
Boris ‘struggles’ with terror
Shamima made a direct request to the prime minister, saying that Boris Johnson is “clearly struggling” in Britain’s fight against terrorism.
Suggesting that she could help prevent UK jihadists from being drawn online, she said: “I want to help and give you my own experience of how they [ISIS] Persuade people to do what they do.
“I think I can be of great help to you in your fight against terrorism because you clearly don’t know what you are doing.”
She continued: “I will explain to the government how these people work and how they persuade and take advantage of the people.”
I think I can be of great help to you in your fight against terrorism because you clearly don’t know what you are doing.
And she said she hopes the government can see her as an “asset” rather than a “threat”.
When Shamima first went to Syria, she dressed modestly and wore a hijab.
However, she has recently changed up her look instead of showing off her long hair and shoulders.
Richard Madley asked if the change in his look was a “PR exercise”.
Shamima said, “It is not for anyone else but for me.”
“I haven’t worn a hijab for over a year now.
“I felt so tight in the hijab. I felt like I wasn’t myself. I’m not doing it for anyone but myself.”
She said: “I am completely sorry to anyone who has been affected by ISIS, I do not in any way agree or try to justify what they did.
“It is not fair to kill innocent people in the name of religion. I just want to apologize. I am sorry.”
In July 2020, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Begum should be allowed to return to the UK in order to impartially oppose the decision by properly instructing lawyers.
The decision was appealed to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, which ruled unanimously against him in February, thus overturning the decision of the Court of Appeal.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who took the decision to revoke Shamima Begum’s citizenship as Home Secretary, said “it was absolutely the right decision to protect the British people”.
Moments after Shamima spoke today, she told Good Morning Britain: “The decision is morally correct, absolutely correct, but also legally correct and right to protect the British people.”