LONDON - A London teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria urged the British authorities on Thursday (Feb 21) to reconsider their decision to revoke her citizenship, calling for "mercy".
"I would like them to re-evaluate my case with a bit more mercy in their heart," Shamima Begum told Sky News from a refugee camp in eastern Syria.
Begum was 15 when she ran away to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group with two school friends from Bethnal Green in east London in 2015.
Now a 19-year-old mother, she has become a refugee after the group's proto-state collapsed.
Separated from her Dutch ISIS fighter husband, and after giving birth to a son in the camp last weekend, she now wants to come home.
Her family's lawyer, Mr Tasnime Akunjee, is looking at challenging Britain's decision to revoke her citizenship, which risks leaving Begum stateless.