LONDON: A British teenager who ran away to join Daesh has been moved from a Syrian refugee camp after she received death threats, according to her family’s lawyer.
Shamima Begum, 19, and her new-born son Jerah were moved from the Al-Hawl camp in the north of the country to another site nearer the Iraqi border, The Sun newspaper reported.
Begum, who in 2015 fled east London aged 15 with two other friends to travel to Syria and marry Daesh fighters, resurfaced at a refugee camp in Syria last month. She told reporters she wanted to come home for the health of her then unborn child.
The mother, whose British citizenship has been revoked, has since said she wished she had kept a low profile.
Begum has received death threats since speaking out about her plight. She and her son are said to have been moved to another camp nearer the Iraqi border.
Begum’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, told The Sun that “Shamima has been moved from Al-Hawl due to safety concerns around her and her baby. We further understand that indeed she and her child had been threatened by others at the Al-Hawl camp.”
Her family have written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, asking for his help in bringing her baby to Britain and describing him as a “true innocent.” They also said they plan to challenge Javid’s decision to revoke Begum’s British citizenship.
Begum’s apparent lack of remorse has triggered criticism in Britain and even shocked her own family.