Renu, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London, on Feb. 22, 2015.
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ISIS bride Shamima Begum was left “angry, upset and crying” after a court ruled she could not return to Britain to fight to get her U.K. citizenship back.
The now 21-year-old is stuck in a detention camp in northern Syria after the UK Supreme Court unanimously turned down her request to come back to Britain Friday.
The decision to block her return to Britain left her devastated. “She’s very angry. And she’s very upset and crying. She doesn’t want to talk to us,” friends told Sky News.
Begum was 15 when she and two other London schoolgirls left Britain to join the caliphate. Her citizenship was revoked on national security grounds in 2019. It’s believed the other two were killed in the fighting.
She has lost three children born in the years since, the last a boy born in 2019 after she married an ISIS fighter from the Netherlands. That year she told Sky News that her first two children died “of sickness” in a camp.
Begum was spotted by ITV News on Friday after the ruling walking through the camp, wearing sunglasses, leggings and a jacket rather than the veil and robes she’s been seen in before.
She is not talking to the press on advice of her lawyers, who expect to continue the appeal of her citizenship revocation.