Shamima Begum admitted she joined a terrorist group when she left London and traveled to Syria at the age of 15.
Ms Begum, now 23, was one of three British schoolgirls who moved to Isis territory in 2015.
When she was tracked down in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019 – just a month before the last territory held by the group fell – her British citizenship was revoked.
Speaking to the BBC for a new 10-part podcast series telling her story, Ms Begum recalled her trip out of the country for the first time.
The three girls were told to pack lightly, she said, but she found room for “about 30” Aero candy bars in her suitcase.
She said, “You can find many things in this country, but you won’t find mint chocolate.”
Within days of arriving in Syria, Ms Begum married a 23-year-old Dutch jihadist and later gave birth to three children, all of whom died in infants.
She told the BBC she understands that the public now sees her “as a danger, as a risk, as a potential risk to them, their safety and their way of life”.
But she believes the anger directed at her is actually directed at Isis, saying, “When you think of Isis, you think of me because I’ve been brought into the media so many times.”
She said she’s “not a bad person,” adding, “I’m just so much more than Isis and I’m so much more than anything I’ve been through.”
Ms Begum is currently in a legal battle with the UK government to reinstate her citizenship.
Her lawyers have argued that the Home Office failed to recognize that she was a child trafficking victim when it stripped her of her status.
At a hearing last November, Samantha Knights KC said, “This case concerns a British child aged 15 who was coaxed, swayed and influenced with her friends by a determined and effective Isis propaganda machine.”
However, government lawyers said she had traveled to ISIS-controlled Syria “with her eyes open” and still posed a threat to national security.
Speaking on the podcast, titled The Shamima Begum Story, the 23-year-old said: “I’ve always been a more private person.
“That’s why it’s so hard how my life has evolved in the media, because I’m not a person who gets a lot of attention.”
When asked if she thought the large amount of media coverage was the result of her joining Isis, she said: “But what is there to obsess over?
“We went to Isis, that was it, it was over, it was over and done, what more is there to say?
“They just wanted to continue the story because it was a story, it was the big story.”
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