ISIS bride Shamima Begum has said she blames her family for plastering her all over social media.
Begum was speaking on the BBC podcast I'm Not A Monster when she explained how she told her mum “no” despite her pleas to get her to come home after leaving the UK and joining ISIS as a 15 year old.
The 23-year-old explained how her parent had “tried to make me feel all guilty,” before seemingly laying the blame for her media fame at her door.
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Journalist Joshua Baker asked her what her reaction was when her sister then asked her to leave the extremist group.
She said: “I couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe that my sister would travel all the way to Turkey thinking that she could save me."
Shamima discussed early communications she and her two friends she left with had with their families.
“We all said, 'yeah we want to speak to our families, we have an obligation to at least tell them we got here safely,'” she said.
“The first time I called my mum she was just crying. I felt like she was trying to make me feel guilty.
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“I don't know, maybe it was just emotions but I just didn't say anything to her I let her cry. I just kept telling her I was ok.”
She admitted that her mum had asked her to come home but that she had said “no”.
Begum said: “I was not committed but I just didn't want to give her false hope because I didn't think I could leave.
“I don't want to blame my family but they are in a way responsible for putting me all over the media.
“But I don't think they knew how far it would go and how big it would become. I blame the media for obsessing over my friends and I so much,” she added.
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