In her first live television interview, 21-year-old Shamima Begum looked different in a Western dress with hair visible and painted with red nails
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ISIS bride Shamima Begum appeared on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday where she spoke to Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid about her current situation.
In her first live television interview, the 21-year-old now looks different in Western attire with hair visible and painted with red nails.
When Susanna asked why the British public should forgive her, Shamima replied: “Because I made a mistake at a young age, most young people don’t know what they want to do with their lives.
“I know it’s very hard for the British to try and forgive me.”
When Susanna went on to describe ISIS as a “death to death,” Shamima insisted that she did not know how involved ISIS was.
“I thought it was an Islamic community,” he said, before continuing: “I think yes I was taken care of and exploited.
“I didn’t know there was a war … well I knew there was a war, but not where women and children live. I didn’t know that ISIS was trying to take over the world.
“The reason I went to Syria was not for any violent reason, I didn’t want to hurt anyone in Syria or anywhere in the world,” he added.
Asked why he decided to stay with ISIS, he said: “Since it’s not possible to leave, you have to look for connections.
“My husband, after he got out of jail, ISIS was watching him very fast. You also have to have a lot of money and we don’t have access to anything.”
Shamima also said: “I would rather die than return to ISIS.”
Susanna wanted to ask Shamima about the comments she had previously made about the Manchester bombing, as well as claims that she had seen ISIS members sewing together suicide bombers.
“You’re seen sewing on devices so it can’t be removed without being fired,” Susanna said.
“No, I didn’t do it, this thing that accused me. I think people do these things just to make me look bad,” Shamima replied.
“They should keep feeding the media stories to remind people why they hate me. These accusations were aired in the media, it was created for the media, not for the Government.
“The only crime I think I’ve committed is being dumb to get to Syria, but even refuting it because I’m 15 years old.”
When asked if he had a message for the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he said: “I want to say that you are clearly fighting extremism and terrorism in your country and I want to help there.
“I think I can help you fight terrorism because you clearly don’t know what you’re doing.”
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Richard later touched on Shamima’s comments to the PM, he said: “I just wanted to give a comment about what I said about Boris Johnson, clearly there are still attacks and people are radicalized. in the UK and I know it’s a big challenge. I just want to help. “
Richard and Susanna clarified to Shamima that the reaction from GMB viewers was not good, and many people felt strongly about not being allowed to return to the UK.
“I will tell them that I am very sorry if you have been personally affected by ISIS, but the hose that even with a drop of empathy or compassion in their hearts, I regret every single decision I have made since I went up to Syria.
“No one can hate me more than I hate myself. All I can say is I apologize and please give me another chance because everyone deserves a second chance,” she added.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at exactly 6am on ITV.