Shamima Begum Wants To Return To UK For Therapy

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Shamima Begum Wants To Return To UK For Therapy

Teenager Shamima Begum has revealed more about her situation in a recent interview.

The 19-year-old left London four years ago, when she fled to join ISIS in Syria and has lost three babies in the time she's been there.

Speaking to the Daily Mail from a camp in Syria, she said: "I have no real friends. I have lost all the friends who came with me. Now I do not have anyone.

"My mental health situation is not the best. My physical health is OK. I am still young and I do not get sick. That is not my problem. Mentally, though, I am in a really bad way. I need therapy to deal with my grief. It is so hard. I have lost all my children.

Begum left the UK in 2015. Credit: PA
Begum left the UK in 2015. Credit: PA

"None of the people I am living with in here know what I have experienced. They are not like my school friends who I could always talk to. They do not understand what I have been through.

"There is no mental health provision. I have heard that in other camps there is psychiatric help, but not here."

Earlier this year, Begum claimed she was 'brainwashed' and asked for the UK to give her a second chance.


Begum, who was 15 when she travelled from her east London home to Syria in 2015, is married to Dutch terrorist Yago Riedijk, 27.

She lost three young children while living in Baghuz and also spoke about the recent death of son Jerrah, who passed away in February.

Speaking to The Times earlier this year, she said: "Since I left Baghuz I really regretted everything I did, and I feel like I want to go back to the UK for a second chance to start my life over again.


"I was brainwashed. I came here believing everything that I had been told, while knowing little about the truths of my religion."

She also admitted to being 'radicalised online' after feeling 'slightly depressed' and 'looking for a purpose'.

She went on to say that she was 'easy to manipulate' at the time, because of an ongoing 'disconnect' with her family.

Begum also told the newspaper she regretted speaking to journalists, but that she did so out of desperation to return to the UK with her baby.

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Topics: World News

Amelia Ward
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