British ISIS teen calls for mercy

Shamima Begum, 19, has been told Britain will revoke her citizenship

epa07369268 (FILE) - A handout photo made available by the London Metropolitan Police Service(MPS) on 20 February 2015 showing Shamima Begum one of three schoolgirls at Gatwick Airport, southern England, 17 February 2015 who have been reported missing and are believed to be making their way to Syria. Media reports on 14 February 2019 state that Shamima Begum, aged 19 who is in a refugee camp in Syria wants to return to Britain with her baby, her other two children both have died in the conflict. Shamima Begum said that one of her two school friends was killed in a bombing and the other's whereabouts is not known.  EPA/LONDON METROPLITAN POLICE / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES *** Local Caption *** 51809500

A London teenager who joined ISIS in Syria appealed to British authorities on Thursday to reconsider their decision to revoke her citizenship.

"I would like them to re-evaluate my case with a bit more mercy in their heart," Shamima Begum told Sky News from a refugee camp in eastern Syria.

Ms Begum was 15 when she ran away to join ISIS with two school friends from Bethnal Green in east London in 2015.

Now a 19-year-old mother, she has become a refugee after the group's "caliphate" collapsed.

Separated from her Dutch ISIS fighter husband, and after giving birth to a son in the camp last weekend, she now wants to go home.

Her family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, is looking to challenge Britain's citizenship decision, which could leave Ms Begum stateless.

The Guardian newspaper reported that Mr Akunjee plans to travel to the camp to seek Ms Begum's consent to take her newborn son back to Britain while the case played out.

"I would hope that I would be able to outline the options for her, explain things to her," he said.

"We would want her agreement and consent, of course."

But Ms Begum told Sky News she would not allow her third child – the other two died in recent months while living under ISIS – to leave Syria without her.

Asked if she could change or be rehabilitated, she replied: "I am willing to change."

Ms Begum's family are from Bangladesh but Dhaka said on Wednesday that she had no claim to citizenship there.

British Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn said she had a "right to return" to her family in the UK.

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