Shamima Begum is a British woman born on August 28, 1999. she made headlines in 2015 when, at the age of 15, she left her home in Bethnal Green, London, along with two school friends, to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group (ISIS). She was discovered by journalists in a Syrian refugee camp in 2019 and expressed a desire to return to the UK, but the British government revoked her citizenship, making her effectively stateless.
Despite her parents’ appeals and legal challenges, the British government has refused to allow Shamima Begum to return to the UK. Her case has sparked a heated debate in the UK about the rights of citizens who have joined extremist groups abroad and the government’s ability to revoke their citizenship.
Meet Shamima Begum
Shamima Begum was born to parents of Bangladeshi origin. Her father’s name is Ahmed Ali and her mother’s name is Asma Begum. They are both British citizens who live in the UK. Shamima was the third of four siblings and grew up in a close-knit family in east London.