Shamima Begum’s husband wants them to live as a family in the Netherlands


SHAMIMA Begum’s Dutch husband says he wants his ISIS bride and their newborn son to live as a family in the Netherlands.

Islamic Sate fighter Yago Riedijk, 27, is being held in a Kurdish-run detention centre in northern Syria.

 ISIS fighter Yago Riedijkf told the BBC that Begum 'chose to get married'
ISIS fighter Yago Riedijkf told the BBC that Begum ‘chose to get married’
 ISIS bride Shamima Begum, who gave birth to a baby boy in Syria, seen here during an interview with ITV

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ISIS bride Shamima Begum, who gave birth to a baby boy in Syria, seen here during an interview with ITV

His wife, who is 19 and has had three children – two of whom have died in Syria – is reportedly living in a refugee camp near the Iraqi border.

Begum was 15 when she ran away from her home in east London to join the terror group in 2015.

They married before she had turned 16 and Riedijk was 23 years old.

The pair are said to have fled Baghouz, the group’s last foothold in eastern Syria, as its territory collapsed in recent months, reports the Press Association.

Riedijk, who is said to have rejected ISIS, was found in the detention centre by the BBC.

The pair married days after the teenager arrived inside the terror group’s territory.

Although Yago Riedijk admitted to fighting for ISIS, he told the broadcaster he is keen to return home to the Netherlands with Begum and their baby son.

A reporter asked him: “You were married to her when she was 15 years old; how in any way is that acceptable? You were, what, 23?”

He replied: “To be honest, when my friend came and said there was a girl who was interested in marriage, I wasn’t that interested because of her age, but I accepted the offer anyway.

“We sat down and she seemed in a good state of mind. It was her own choice, she was the one who asked to look for a partner for her.

“Then I was invited and yeah, she was very young and it might have been better for her to wait a bit. “But she didn’t, she chose to get married and I chose to marry her.”

Begum, who said she wants to return to the UK, has been stripped of her British citizenship.

 

 

 





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