The teenager who fled London to join the Islamic State group Shamima Begum has lost her baby boy Jarrah, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces has said. The baby, who was less than three weeks old, died of pneumonia, according to a medical certificate. A UK government spokesman said the death of any child was “tragic and deeply distressing for the family”. Recall Begum left the UK in 2015 with two friends and was found in a Syrian refugee camp in mid-February.
She wanted to return to Britain but was stripped of her citizenship. Her husband, a Dutch IS fighter called Yago Riedijk, is being held at a nearby prison and has been informed of the baby’s death. A paramedic working for the Kurdish Red Crescent in the camp told the BBC that the baby, called Jarrah, had been suffering from breathing difficulties. He was taken to a doctor on Thursday morning before being transferred to hospital, along with his mother, but died at 13:30 local time that day, the medical worker added. Ms Begum has since returned to the camp and her child was buried there yesterday.