Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

United Kingdom official criticized after baby dies in Syrian camp

United Kingdom official criticized after baby dies in Syrian camp

Shamima Begum's two-week old infant died on Thursday, March 7 due to complications suffered from pneumonia.

Begum's father Ahmed Ali offered an apology to the British public for his daughter's decision to flee the country and join the terror group.

Before she gave birth, Begum told British newspaper The Times that she wanted to come home to have her child since she already had two children who died in infancy from malnutrition and illness.

However the British government says she is and so hasn't been made stateless by having her citizenship revoked.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said she hadn't shown remorse for the extremist group's actions.

Interior minister Sajid Javid revoked her citizenship amid security fears, but has been criticised for not doing more to help her son.

Britain stripped Shamima Begum of her citizenship last month despite her wishes to return to the country.

In this file photo taken on February 22, 2015 Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London.

She later said she regretted talking to the media and was moved to another location in Syria after she and her child received threats in the refugee camp.

"The tragic death of Shamima Begum's baby, Jarrah, is a stain on the conscience of this government", she said.

Ms Begum was just 15 when she fled with her Bethnal Green Academy classmates Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, after telling her parents they were going out for the day.

CCTV of Shamima Begum leaving at Gatwick Airport in 2015
Camera IconCCTV of Shamima Begum leaving at Gatwick Airport

"It's impossible to muster sympathy for her", author and academic Idrees Ahmad wrote in reference to Begum, according to the Post.

Last month, Mr Javid confirmed the boy was a British citizen and said he had considered the child's interest when deciding to revoke Ms Begum's citizenship.

It instructed Begum's sister to make her pleas to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office "which is obliged to consider request for consular assistance". "The Home Secretary failed this British child and he has a lot to answer for".

"He was a British citizen", Akunjee stated on Twitter.

The Home Office said, however, it does not comment on individual cases. "This is callous and inhumane", tweeted Abbott.

"The Government will continue to do whatever we can to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and travelling to unsafe conflict zones".

Reema only recently told the Telegraph about her plans and hope to return to the country she was born in.

Her older sister, Reema, 30, has two sons, one of whom was born in Britain.

He added that "sadly" in the case of Jarrah "it wasn't possible".

"It's a two-way thing, really", she told the BBC, adding that the suicide bomber that killed 22 civilians at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was a "kind of retaliation" for bombardments of ISIS-held enclaves, adding, "So I thought, ok, that is a fair justification".

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