ISIS bride says life under jihadis was ‘hell’ where son was forced to eat grass

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An ISIS bride who joined the jihadis in Syria claims the terror group made her son eat grass for dinner and called the caliphate "hell on Earth".

Hoda Muthana, 25, left Birmingham in Alabama, the US, in 2014 and travelled to the Middle East.

While in Syria, she helped ISIS produce propaganda advocating violence against Americans, the Counter Extremism Project claims.

Muthana is now stranded in the al-Roj refugee camp, which is also housing Shamima Begum, with her two-year-old son.

In new documentary, The Return: Life After ISIS, Muthana described the "starvations and the bombings", DailyMail.com reports.

She was forbidden from mixing with anyone and was once chastised because her Nike trainers were visible underneath her burka.

At one point, Muthana said her son was forced to eat grass for dinner as ISIS lost its grip on territory on power.

She said: “I dropped everything and left. I walked out, I just walked despite there being [explosive devices] and not being the way out.

“I walked out with the Syrians just to save my child and me from the starvations and the bombings and this horrible way. I really regret it for the rest of my life and wish I could erase.”

Muthana said she “wanted to feel useful” when joining ISIS and called its propaganda “really manipulating”.

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She explained: "Every website I visited had a Syrian advertised mix that the Syrians need help and the Syrians are starving and the Syrians are going through trouble.

"So I got really sucked into that and I felt really bad as Muslims leaving them behind."

Muthana married three jihadis, all of whom died in combat.

In February 2019, then US President Donald Trump tweeted that Muthana would not be allowed back into the country.

During the same documentary, Shamima Begum begged Britain to give her a “second chance”.

Begum was 15 when she and two other east London schoolgirls travelled to Syria to join the terror group in February 2015.

Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds shortly after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.

Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that she should not be allowed back to the UK to pursue an appeal.

During the film, Begum broke down when talking about the death of her children, MailOnline reported.

She said: “When she died it was so hard because I just felt so alone and I felt like my entire world was falling apart in front of me and I couldn't do anything.

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“I felt like it was my fault for not getting them out sooner.

“When she died at that moment I just wanted to kill myself. I felt like I couldn't even get up to run any more when there were bombings.”

The documentary, directed by Spanish filmmaker Alba Sotorra Clua, premiered this week at the online Texas-based South By Southwest festival.

  • ISIS
  • Terror

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