Manchester Arena victim’s mum says ISIS bride’s UK return ‘makes her sick’

A Manchester Arena victim’s mum has said the thought ISIS bride Shamima Begum could return to the UK makes her "feel ill".

Charlotte Campbell, whose daughter Olivia, 15, was among 22 victims killed, spoke out after the 19-year-old said she thought the suicide bombing was "fair justification".

Begum told the BBC that the deaths were akin to the "women and children" being bombed in IS territory in Baghuz.

The jihadi bride, who gave birth to her third child at the weekend, wants to return to UK four years after fleeing London to join the terror group.

But mum Charlotte argued doing so would pose a "huge risk".


She told The Sun : “I can’t stand the thought of her being allowed back.

“It’s making me ill. She’s such high risk.”

Charlotte’s comments come after Begum, who is living in a Syrian refugee camp, said she was ready to "rehabilitate" if allowed to return.

Speaking to the BBC about the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert, she said: "I do feel that it’s wrong that innocent people did get killed.

"It’s one thing to kill a soldier that is fighting you, it’s self-defence, but to kill the people like women and children…


"Just people like the women and children in Baghuz that are being killed right now unjustly, the bombings. It’s a two-way thing really.

"Because women and children are being killed back in the Islamic State right now and it’s kind of retaliation.

"Like, their justification was that it was retaliation so I thought ‘OK, that is a fair justification’."

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Since she has been in Syria, Begum has had three children, two of whom – a boy and a girl –  died in infancy.

She gave birth to a boy on Saturday who she has named Jarrah .

UK authorities now face the difficult question of what to do if Ms Begum manages to return to Britain.


Her family’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said he anticipated that she would face criminal proceedings upon any return to the UK, but said it was the family’s hope that she would be given professional help following her experience in Syria.

He told BBC Breakfast: "The family have gone out of their way from day one to try to get her away from the IS narrative and the context which she finds herself in.

"She’s been there for four years and we would be surprised if she hadn’t been further damaged beyond the degree she had already been groomed into.

"The family are concerned, as they have been for the last four years, not just to get her away, but, as of yesterday, to make sure that their grandchild – her child – is not influenced by that sort of thinking."

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