Locals express regret after home secretary revokes 19-year-old’s citizenship – but some have faith in state’s actions

Residents in Bethnal Green, east London, where Shamima Begum lived before going to Syria to join Islamic State, have expressed regret at the home secretary’s order to revoke her citizenship.

Abdur Rahman, a 55-year-old cab driver, who has lived in the area for 25 years, said: “The fact she was born here is one thing, but everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves. Let her come back and prove herself. I think it will be hard and take a long time for people to accept her here. But after a few months or even a few years they will.”

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