Shamima Begum, 19, is pleading with the Government to allow her back into the country to have her baby but admits she’ll miss Dutch jihadist Yago Riedijk, whom she said she still loved very much’.
It was revealed tonight that Begum – who is living at a refugee camp in Syria after the terror group was brought to its knees – was taken to hospital with false contractions.
In a new interview with Times journalist Anthony Loyd at the al-Hasakeh refugee camp, she said: ‘It was really hot. My contractions started and I was bleeding. I was in the hospital for five days, then they brought me back.’
Shamima Begum, 19, is pleading with the Government to allow her back into the country to have her baby but admits she’ll miss her jihadist husband
Yago Riedijk (left) is a 26-year-old Dutch convert who fled his comfortable middle-class home to join IS – earning him a six-year jail sentence in his absence in Holland
‘I’m nine months now. I should be giving birth any day. Especially with this stressful situation,’ she added.
Yago Riedijk is a Dutch convert who fled his comfortable middle-class home to join IS – earning him a six-year jail sentence in his absence in Holland.
He sent his family photographs from Syria posing with a fake rifle and in military gear. Riedijk also asked for cash and boasted about marrying a 15-year-old British girl.
Begum’s family have called for the government to urgently bring her back because the unborn baby is a ‘total innocent’
Begum says she still loves Riedijk (pictured) very much and fears she’ll never see him again if she’s allowed back into the UK
It was a far cry from earlier photos of him sitting on the bike with a child in front of him outside his parents’ home in the Dutch city of Arnhem. In others, his mother lovingly drapes her arm over his shoulder.
He was sentenced alongside six others in July after ignoring pleas from his family and the Dutch authorities to return home.
Riedijk’s whereabouts are unknown following his surrender to a Syrian rebel group.
Begum, who married him in 2015, said they were separated as they fled the last IS stronghold in Baghuz.
Last night, the shutters at his parents’ smart semi-detached home in a suburb of Arnhem were drawn. But neighbours told of their surprise that the once ‘polite, friendly’ little boy, who would play football in the street with his sister, was a jihadi fighter.
Pictured: Begum at Gatwick Airport heading for Turkey in 2015 where she crossed into Syria
It comes as her family pleaded with the Government to allow the teenager back into the UK.
In a statement, her parents said the unborn baby is a ‘total innocent’ who has the right to grow up in the ‘peace and security’ of the UK.
Ms Begum was one of three Bethnal Green Academy schoolgirls who joined the terrorist group four years ago.
But the terror group has now been reduced to a tiny patch of land and Ms Begum is now in a refugee camp in Syria. The Government has indicated it will not allow her to return.
On Good Morning Britain former U.S. prisoner Moazzam Begg came to her defence, as debate rages over her future.
Mr Begg, who was held from 2002 to 2005, said: ‘I was held with young teenagers from the age of 14 to 15, some were terribly wounded, some were Western citizens.
‘They ended up there because of decisions by their parents and so forth and ended up in prison.
‘We keep saying she’s unrepentant, but how has that been interrogated by a short interview by the Times?
‘I think we cherry pick what’s been said – she also says that the Islamic State didn’t deserve victory because of its abuses.
‘The issue here in relation to this young girl is will she be a threat? Well she’s heavily pregnant at the moment. By the time she comes back, if she comes back, she’ll be giving birth.’
Yvonne Ridley, a British journalist captured by the Taliban in 2001 who later converted to Islam, also came to the schoolgirl’s defence.
She said: ‘We’re talking about a child who was groomed, that’s essentially what happened. She’s saying that she doesn’t have any regrets but you have to remember she’s in a refugee camp now with 39,000 other people.
‘Goodness knows how many eyes are on her and she’s been brutalised by war. We don’t know what she’s gone through, we don’t know if she feels fearful or she’s under threat.