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British woman who took family to Syria: Life under ISIS wasn’t “my cup of tea”

By WITW Staff on October 15, 2015

Shukee Begum, a 33-year-old British woman who traveled from Manchester, England, to Syria with her five children to join her jihadi husband, an ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee, has now fled life under the rule of ISIS because the gangster mentality of their supporters was “not my cup of tea.” Speaking to the British Channel 4 News, she described how she took her children (ages 9, 7, 5, 3 and 11 months) to join her husband because he was a “family man,” but insisted she never actually joined ISIS. Despite months spent living with the radical terror group, she couldn’t get used to life under ISIS control, saying, “There was a gangster kind of mentality among single women there. Violence was talked about, war, killing. They would sit together, huddle around their laptops, watch ISIS videos. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.” While she couldn’t convince her husband to leave, she managed to flee again with her children and was held for some time by smugglers in northern Syria. The woman, who is believed to still be living in Syria, said she would “love to go back to the U.K.” where all her family and friends are, but is too afraid of how she would be received by British authorities.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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