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Shamima Begum Told There Is 'No Way' She's Returning To Britain

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Shamima Begum Told There Is 'No Way' She's Returning To Britain

Shamima Begum has been told to forget ever returning to the United Kingdom by the Home Secretary Priti Patel.

The young woman fled the UK to join ISIS with three other girls back in 2015 but has since said that she hates the terrorist organisation and wants to come home.

However, Home Secretary Priti Patel has now said that there is 'no way, no way' that she is coming back onto these shores.

She also added that it is 'quite reassuring' to see Ms Begum still living in a refugee camp in the war torn country of Syria.

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Priti Patel ruled out a return for Begum. Credit: PA
Priti Patel ruled out a return for Begum. Credit: PA

Patel said: "Our job is to keep our country safe. We don't need people who have done harm and left our country to be part of a death cult and to perpetuate that ideology.

"We cannot have people who would do us harm allowed to enter our country - and that includes this woman.

"Everything I see in terms of security and intelligence, I am simply not willing to allow anybody who has been an active supporter or campaigner for IS in this country."

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Shamima Begum fled the UK with two others in 2015. Credit: PA
Shamima Begum fled the UK with two others in 2015. Credit: PA

Begum left the UK in 2015 to marry a Dutch ISIS fighter called Yago Riedijk. She hasn't seen or spoken to her family since she fled, but said that they are angry at her for speaking to the press and leaving in the first instance.

It is thought that Begum wishes to return to the UK so that she can stand trial.

However, the Home Secretary said: "We don't want you in our court system or our prisons."

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Begum, who lost her third child and had her citizenship revoked by the then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid within a matter of days earlier this year, said: "My mental health situation is not the best. My physical health is OK, I am still young and 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.

"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."

Begum lost her third child earlier this year. Credit: PA
Begum lost her third child earlier this year. Credit: PA
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She also said that there is no mental health provisions or psychiatric help at the Syrian camp she is currently in.

After her British citizenship was revoked, Bangladesh - where she could also claim residency - said that she would not be allowed to enter the country.

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