SHAMIMA Begum could be stuck in a squalid Syrian refugee camp for two years as Britain, Holland and Bangladesh battle to keep her away from their borders.
The ISIS bride, who sparked outrage claiming the Manchester terror attack was “justified”, still has her sights set on returning to the UK.
ITV News Shamima Begum is shown the Home Office letter revoking her British citizenship at a camp in Syria
Getty – Contributor A displaced Syrian woman walks through the squalid Syrian refugee camp which Shamima Begum may have to call home for two years
She fled the terror organisation as coalition forces closed in on its last stronghold in northern Syria and has been living in a crowded refugees camp nearby.
Begum, 19, is one of around 33,000 women and children who have fled to the crowded al-Hawl camp.
It has been described as a “living hell for the cold and hungry”, and 50 infants have died there from hunger in the last three months alone.
Pictures show rows of tents lining a muddy desert wasteland.
The Times, the paper which located Begum, calls al-Hawl “a living hell for the cold and hungry” and “a village of the damned”.
STUCK FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS
Despite her plea to escape the squalor and be repatriated in Britain, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation Lord Carlile said she should expect to stay put for a very long time.
He described it as a “complex issue” which could “run for a very long time through the courts”, adding that Begum could be stuck “for maybe two years at least”.
Begum, who was married to a Dutch islamist convert, also hoped she could be taken in by the Netherlands.
Holland, however, has also slammed the door on her saying she does not fit the criteria for citizenship as she does not have the right documents and it doesn’t offer sanctuary to those who have returned from Syria.
Bangladesh asserts that Ms Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen.Bangladeshi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam
Earlier she said: “Another option I might try with my family is my husband is from Holland and he has family in Holland.
“Maybe I can ask for citizenship in Holland. If he gets sent back to prison in Holland I can just wait for him while he is in prison.”
Begum’s dual nationality – as both her parents are of Bangladeshi – reportedly cleared the way for the Home Office’s decision to block her from entering British borders.
But Bangladesh has insisted she is not one of their citizens so there is “no question” of her being allowed in.
“The Government of Bangladesh is deeply concerned that she has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship shared with Bangladesh alongside her birthplace, the United Kingdom,” tweeted minister of state for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam.
“Bangladesh asserts that Ms Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. She is a British citizen by birth and has never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh.
Slamming the UK’s decision to strip her nationality, she told BBC News: “I was hoping that Britain would understand that I made a mistake.
“A very big mistake and it was because I was young and naive.
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“I was newly practising. I didn’t know what Islam was.
“I just saw this big thing on the news Islamic State and Islamic law.
“I got tricked and I was hoping they’d sympathise with me.”
Why and how was Shamima Begum stripped of her British citizenship?
The Home Secretary’s power to deprive someone of their British citizenship is covered by Section 40 British Nationality Act 1981.
It states the Home Sec must be satisfied “it would be conducive to the public good to deprive person of his or her British nationality.
The official regulations add “that s/he would not become stateless as a result of the deprivation.”
Home Office guidance states that ‘Conduciveness to the Public Good’ means “depriving in the public interest on the grounds of involvement in terrorism, espionage, serious organised crime, war crimes or unacceptable behaviours.”
If Shamima Begum decides to appeal the decision to impose deprivation of citizenship order she has 28 days to appeal to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission
Getty – Contributor Tens of thousands of women and children fleeing the conflict in Syria have ended up at the camp
Getty – Contributor The camp has been overwhelmed with refugees as ISIS cling to their final stronghold in northern Syria
Getty – Contributor Begum is desperate to leave the crowded compound and come back to Britain or living in Holland
AFP or licensors Refugee women and children walk towards tents inside the camp
AFP or licensors Refugees whose lives have been destroyed by war sit on dirty sacks inside the camp
AFP A baby wrapped in blankets cries out in one of the tents
Getty – Contributor A Syrian boy struggles to carry a mattress through the camp
ISIS bride Shamima Begum moans it’s ‘unjust’ after being stripped of British citizenship
A Home Office letter was received by Begum’s family yesterday
Sky News Shamima Begum (right) gave birth to a baby boy over the weekend
Reuters The Brit joined ISIS in Syria at 15 and now wants to return with her baby
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