Four years ago, 15-year-old teenaged girl by the name of Shamima Begum ran away from her home in Great Britain to join ISIS terrorists in the Middle East.
In the past four years, Begum has already given birth to 2 children, both of whom died from illness while living in Syria.
At 19, Begum is pregnant again and this time, she wants to return home to have her baby.
Begum’s desire to return home to Great Britain has sparked controversy with some government officials saying she should be prevented from returning to her home country, considering the fact that she illegally ran away to join ISIS.
They also say that if she does return home that she could be arrested and her baby taken from her because of her terrorist activities.
BBC News – Shamima Begum: IS teen’s return to UK ‘could be prevented’ – A British woman who fled to Syria as a schoolgirl to join the Islamic State group could be prevented from returning to the UK, the home secretary has said.
“My message is clear,” Sajid Javid told the Times: “If you have supported terrorist organisations abroad I will not hesitate to prevent your return.”
He added that if Shamima Begum, 19, did come home she could be prosecuted.
Ms Begum, who is pregnant, told the paper she had no regrets but wanted to have her baby in the UK.
“We must remember that those who left Britain to join Daesh were full of hate for our country,” Mr Javid said.
“If you do manage to return you should be ready to be questioned, investigated and potentially prosecuted.” …
There are those believe Begum deserves compassion and should be allowed to return home to have her baby.
Then there are those who say that showing compassion won’t help deter others from running away to join ISIS or other terrorist groups.
They believe that Begum deserves to be harshly punished for her actions in order to set an example for others to learn that such actions come with severe consequences.
Personally, I believe they should let her return, but arrest her and send her to prison for life for her terrorist actions and her baby taken from her and put up for adoption, thus sending a strong message of warning to others.
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