Shamima Begum moved after threats in Syria camp, says lawyer


Shamima Begum and her baby have been moved from a Syrian refugee camp after threats were made against them, according to her family’s lawyer. The 19-year-old and her son were moved from the al-Hawl camp in the north of the country to another site nearer the Iraqi border.

Begum, who left the UK in 2015 with two school friends to join Islamic State in Syria, said last month she wanted to return home for the health of her then unborn child. The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has ordered the British-born woman’s citizenship to be revoked. Begum, who gave birth days after telling a Times journalist of her wish to return, has since said she wished she had kept a low profile.

The Sun reported on Friday that Begum had received death threats since speaking out about her plight. She and her son are said to have been moved to another camp nearer the Iraqi border. Begum’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, told the paper: “I can confirm that it is our understanding that Shamima has been moved from al-Hawl due to safety concerns around her and her baby. We further understand that indeed she and her child had been threatened by others at the al-Hawl camp.”(theguardian)…[+]