ISIS bride Shamima Begum 'at risk of cholera and exploitation' at detention camp

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ISIS bride Shamima Begum 'at risk of cholera and exploitation' at detention camp

ISIS bride Shamima Begum is at a heightened risk of cholera and exploitation in the “chaotic” detention camp she is living in, it is claimed.

The 20-year-old former East London schoolgirl – who travelled to Syria in 2015 – is at the Al Roj camp, where conditions have been described as “deplorable”.

Since she left ISIS stronghold Raqqa in 2017, her three children have all died.

David Otto, counter-terrorism and organised crime expert at Global Risk International, told the Daily Star that her current surroundings could be deadly.

He said: “It is poorly provisioned, the health conditions are deplorable and made worse by regular cholera outbreaks, breakdown of order, deaths…this is down to the US decision to pull out support to the SDF.

“Personally, Shamima has already lost two kids – this indicates an obvious psychological risk.

“She is also vulnerable to further exploitation.”

“The longer she stays in these makeshift camps, the more it may cost to rehabilitate and reintegrate her into society.”

Begum was moved from the Al Hol refugee camp to Al Roj by the Syrian Democratic Forces last year, after she reportedly received death threats.

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Earlier this month, UN counter-terrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov said 700 people had died in the of Al Hol and Al Roj camps from lack of food and medicine.

Aid workers have also described them as “perilously overcrowded”.

On July 16, the Court of Appeal ruled the she should be allowed back to the UK to appeal being stripped of British citizenship.

Sajid Javid, former Home Secretary, announced her British citizenship had been revoked in February last year.

Lord Justice Flaux said: “Notwithstanding the national security concerns about Ms Begum, I have reached the firm conclusion that given that the only way in which she can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom to pursue her appeal … the LTE [leave to enter] appeals should be allowed.”

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