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British girl who joined ISIL apologizes and wants back home

16:38, 15 September 2021
British girl who joined ISIL apologizes and wants back home

Shamina Bugum was 15 years old when she left Britain and joined ISIL*. She married an ISIL militant, the Dutch converted an Islam. Seven years later a young woman is remorseful and wants to go home. 

Badum said that she was a girl when she was attracted by ISIL. “At the time I did not know it (so-called Islamic State) was a death cult, I thought it was an Islamic community I was joining,” she said.

“I am completely sorry for anyone that has been affected by ISIL. I in no way agree or try to justify what they did,” she told Good Morning Britain, quoting her words as she was interviewed on Wednesday. 

In 2019 Bugum defended the Manchester Arena attack where 22 people were killed and over 1,000 injured. Today she said that it isn’t right to kill innocent people in the name of religion and she is deeply sorry for her previous words.

“I know it is very hard for them to forgive me but I say from the bottom of my heart that I am so sorry if I ever offended anyone by coming here, if I ever offended anyone by the things I said,” Bugum added.

Nowadays Bugum was in al-Roj prison camp in Syria as she claimed that she was afraid to come back to ISIL territory. 

British girl who joined ISIL apologizes and wants back home

However, the British court still considers that she poses a terrorist threat to society. Bugum was barred from visiting the UK and she was stripped of citizenship. Badum's parents were from Bangladesh, but the Bangladesh authorities have already denied providing its citizenship.  

Bugum says that it’s illegal to strip her of citizenship because she is not a terrorist and there is no evidence for that. Bugum can’t go to the British court  due to a travel ban.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said earlier that Bugum should “give up hope” of coming home.

According to the British Nationality Act of 1981, the Minister of Internal Affairs has the right to apply the law in a case of exceptional circumstances for the benefit of society.  In 2016 14 people were deprived of citizenship, in 2017 – 104 people, 2018 – 21.

* The Islamic State terrorist organization Daesh is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.