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ISIL bride' Shamima to seek Dutch citizenship

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Al Jazeera News  :
Shamima Begum, one of the three British schoolgirls who left the UK to live in ISIL's so-called "caliphate", has said she will try to seek Dutch citizenship after being told the Home Office had issued an order to revoke her citizenship.
"I don't know what to say," Begum, who ran away when she was 15 to live under ISIL, told ITV News on Wednesday. "I am not that shocked but I am a bit shocked. It's a bit upsetting and frustrating. I feel like it's a bit unjust on me and my son".
The UK's home secretary, Sajid Javid, wrote to her family on Tuesday informing them that he had made an order revoking her citizenship.
Citing government sources, the BBC reported that it was possible to strip the 19-year-old of her UK nationality as she was "eligible for citizenship" of another country.
However, according to reports, while Begum is believed to be of Bangladeshi heritage, she does not have the Asian country's passport and has never visited there.
International law forbids countries from making people stateless by revoking their only citizenship.
When shown the letter by ITV, Begum said: "It's kind of heart-breaking to read. My family made it sound like it would be a lot easier for me to come back to the UK when I was speaking to them in Baghouz. It's kind of hard to swallow.

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