Shamima Begum says she was ‘dumb kid’ when she joined ISIS and begs to come home

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Former ISIS bride Shamima Begum has begged to return home to the UK, branding herself 'a dumb kid' when she left the country to join the terror organisation in 2015.

Speaking to Andrew Drury for his film Danger Zone from the al-Roj prison camp in Syria, when asked if she had a message for the UK government, Begum said: "Can I come home please, pretty please?"

The now 21-year-old looks unrecognisable in pictures from her latest interview, sporting a Nike cap and jeans and showing off painted fingernails, reports Mail Online.

Her new image is in stark contrast to her first ever interviews when she wore a hijab and defended the actions of ISIS.

Begum told Drury she now wears western clothes because it 'makes her happy'.

She also revealed she has been following news of Kim Kardashian's divorce from Kanye West, whose music she says she loves, and is also watching re-runs of Friends from the prison camp.

In recent times, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl has said she was brainwashed by extremists and that she doesn't think she was a terrorist.

  • Shamima Begum says she feared being 'left behind' by pals joining ISIS in Syria

She said: "I don't think I was a terrorist. I think I was just a dumb kid who made one mistake.

"I personally don't think that I need to be rehabilitated, but I would want to help other people be rehabilitated. I would love to help."

In February 2019, former Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked her British citizenship on national security grounds shortly after she was found nine months pregnant in a Syrian refugee camp.

  • Brits who fled to join ISIS and where they are now – from hellhole jails to brutal camps

At the time, she begged to be rescued and brought back home to the UK, but told reporters she didn't regret joining ISIS.

Tonight (Tuesday 15 June), a new documentary titled The Return: Life After ISIS will be released, in which Begum details her struggles of being pregnant and caring for her two children while fleeing attacks on ISIS territory.

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She said: "There were so many bombings and there was a shortage of food and diapers and milk. I didn't have breast milk so I had to worry about every next can of milk I would need to get for my daughter."

In February, Begum lost a Supreme Court appeal to return to the UK after her decision to travel to Syria led to her British citizenship being revoked.

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