IS schoolgirl Shamima Begum gives birth to baby boy in Syria

Shamima Begum

The sister of Shamima Begum holds up her photo. Image: Getty

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Runaway schoolgirl Shamima Begum has given birth to a baby boy in Syria, her family's lawyer has said.

The 19-year-old was one of three schoolgirls, along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, from east London's Bethnal Green Academy who left the UK to travel to join ISIS in 2015.

In an interview with The Times last week while heavily pregnant, Ms Begum said she wanted to bring up her baby in the UK, and her family have begged for her to be allowed to return to London.

A statement released by their lawyer said: "We, the family of Shamima Begum, have been informed that Shamima has given birth to her child, we understand that both she and the baby are in good health.



"As yet we have not had direct contact with Shamima, we are hoping to establish communications with her soon so that we can verify the above."

The family lawyer later revealed that Ms Begum had given birth to a son, writing on Twitter: "It's a boy".

Questions have been raised over whether Britain would be able to prevent Ms Begum's eventual return to the UK.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has warned he "will not hesitate" to prevent the return of Britons who travelled to join Islamic State, but Justice Secretary David Gauke told Sky News: "We can't make people stateless."