The newborn son of Shamima Begum died in a Syrian refugee camp. Her son Jarrah, was buried on Friday.
Intelligence officials say that the infant had been taken to hospital in north-east Syria due to breathing difficulties several times over the past week. Begum’s friend said, “the baby turned blue and was cold.”
Fresh questions on health of vulnerable children staying at the north-east Syrian camps are being raised. Also following the news of the boys death, UK home secretary Sajid Javid had come under fire for revoking Shamima Begum British citizenship.
Begum who is a 19 year old teenager now had fled UK in 2015 with two school friends to join Islamic State in Syria. After the ISIS almost defeated, she surrender to Kurdish forces in eastern Syria. Last month, she wanted to return to her home in the United Kingdom. But the home secretary Sajid Javid revoked her citizenship to keep her away from coming back home.
However the death Shamima’s baby has backfired for Javid. The shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, said that the death of Begum’s baby was a “stain on the conscience of this government”.
Abbott added, “It is against international law to make someone stateless. And to leave a vulnerable young woman and an innocent child in a refugee camp, where we know infant mortality to be high, is morally reprehensible.”
She wants Begum to be given a chance to have her actions investigated before being prosecuted.