Thinking Aloud

Returning ISIS brides and the obligations of citizenship

Was it right of UK to strip teen ISIS sympathiser of her citizenship?

Shamima Begum was just 15 when she - for reasons that only she can ever completely comprehend - stole her elder sister's passport, fled her east London family home and headed to Syria to join ISIS.

Almost nothing was heard from her for four years until she was recently discovered in a refugee camp in north-eastern Syria, voicing a desire to return to what is ostensibly her home country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 24, 2019, with the headline 'Returning ISIS brides and the obligations of citizenship'. Print Edition | Subscribe