Samia Hussein (pictured), 25, from Southall, West London, revealed that her arm had been blown away
British ISIS bride Samia Hussein revealed an explosion to her arm and one of her breasts when coalition forces launched an airstrike on a jihadist weapons store near her home.
The 25-year-old from Southall, West London, blamed ISIS for her injuries. She said the caliphate was endangering women and children by stocking up next to homes full of families.
Hussein, who is now being held in the Kurdish al-Hol prison camp in northeast Syria, had walked into her home when the nearby air attack detonated.
She said she “saw orange” but did not realize she had been injured.
In her first interview, she told documentary filmmaker Alan Duncan, “I was trying to run. But then I realized my arm was cut, my chest was split open, and my leg was broken – the whole bone came out. ‘
A six-month-old baby and a pensioner died in the explosion, according to Hussein. She was left bedridden for seven months and was about to amputate her leg.
The former student was discovered along with other British citizens when the last remaining jihadist stronghold, Baghouz, fell in March last year.
Mr. Hussein said that the militant group believed that the coalition did not want to risk bombing children, and when bombs killed families it was used as propaganda.
“This is good for them. They can make a recording of this and publish it in their propaganda saying, “Look, the coalition has killed women and children,” she said.
Hussein said she had been groomed and radicalized online before deciding to travel to Syria via Turkey.
She said the propaganda videos she saw as a teenager were “fantasy,” and it wasn’t worth traveling to the region.
Hussein, who is now being held in the Kurd-run al-Hol prison camp (pictured) in northeastern Syria, had walked into her house when the bomb exploded nearby. She said she “saw orange” but did not realize she had been injured
She said there were no guards at the border and it was “very easy.”
MI5 officials visited Hussein’s friends’ homes to warn them of online grooming, but did not seize passports, she said.
Now she wants to go back to Britain where she can go through a trial.
She said, “I’m alive, half of me survived. We were looked after online. I didn’t know coming to Syria was a crime. ‘
Hussein described conditions with ISIS as “inhumane,” in which people were held in cages for crimes such as smoking or failure to attend prayers.
Children watch through a chain-bound fence to al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka Governorate, Syria on March 8, 2019
Duncan, a former British Army soldier who fought ISIS with the Kurds, interviewed dozens of extremists.
He sentenced Turkey for allowing an estimated 1,500 British teenagers to enter Syria during the height of the civil war in 2015.
His documentary with television company Atlantic Productions will be broadcast in the UK and the US in 2021.
ISIS bride Shamima Begum (pictured at a refugee camp in Syria earlier this year) had her British nationality revoked
It comes a year after Hussein’s family said she was tricked into thinking she would help refugees, as they begged the British government to take her home.
A close relative said her family was concerned about her health and she said so The Telegraph she was afraid she would never be allowed to leave the UK again.
“We need the government to help her,” she said. “She’s British, she was born here and has a British passport and we want her to come back to this country.”
The camp also has Shamima Begum, who left Bethnal Green in East London to join the Islamic State at age 15.
Hussein’s family said she was cheated to drop out of college and go to a camp in 2015 while living in Kenya.
She left the UK five years ago to study A-Levels in Nairobi and hoped to go to the United States International University – Africa to graduate.
Her family says she was groomed and ‘brainwashed’ to believe she would help ‘children in need’ but was trapped in the caliphate.
A family member told the newspaper that someone had influenced her in Nairobi and told her that she would provide assistance.
She disappeared in late 2015, and a week later sent a text message to her mother, Luul Hussein Tarambi, saying she was being held against her will and that she had to escape.
In her text, she told them she was “brainwashed and said she needed help,” said the family member.
Pictured: The camp where Hussein now lives next to Shamima Begum of Bethnal Green, East London
Three and a half years later, Hussein’s family received a call from her while she was at the refugee camp.
Her relative claims to have told them on a borrowed phone that the Islamic State had kidnapped her and taken her hostage. The relative says that Hussein is “not loyal” to the terror group and “wants nothing to do with them at all.”
During that conversation on an apparently borrowed phone, she revealed her injuries from the air raid.
She didn’t give too much detail about her situation for fear the call would be followed, the family member said, adding that Hussein feared people in the camp who are still loyal to the terrorists.
One of her sisters, Asha Hussein, described her sibling as a “smart girl” who was “really happy.”
She said her sister wanted to become a journalist and that there was no sign that Samia was radicalizing before she disappeared.