The young woman who left Alabama to join ISIS in 2014 and now wants to come home says she hopes people will have sympathy for her, according to a report from ABC News. The woman, Hoda Muthana, is pleading to come home after spending more that four years with ISIS.
“I hope they excuse me because of how young and ignorant I was. Now I’m changed. Now I’m a mother and I have none of the ideology and hopefully everyone will see it when I come back,” she said during an interview with ABC News. “I hope America doesn’t think I’m a threat to them and I hope they can accept me.”
Muthana suggested going through therapy once she’s back in the US.
“Maybe therapy lessons. Maybe a process that will ensure us we will never do this again. I am definitely planning, definitely wanting people to not make the same decision that I’ve made,” she told ABC News. “I hope they excuse me because of how young and ignorant I was. Now I’m changed. Now I’m a mother and I have none of the idealology and hopefully everyone will see it when I come back.”
While overseas, she said she often saw dead bodies and dismembered people. She said they had to eat grass and cow feed for food at one point.
“Seeing my son eat grass, that was my last day,” she said.
In a handwritten note obtained by CNN, Muthana said she knew she and her 18-month-old son did not belong there.
She hopes she doesn’t face jail time, but understands it is a real possibility for her once she is back in the United States.
“Jail time, I don’t know if that has an effect on people. I need help mentally as well. I don’t have the ideology anymore but I’m just traumatized from my experience,” Muthana told ABC. “I almost cried myself to sleep everyday because I know that when I do get back, I will probably be sentenced to jail for I don’t know how much time and thinking that my last few moments with him [gesturing to her son] is stuck in a prison before another prison.”
On Saturday, President Trump called on European allies to take back the more than 800 ISIS fighters the U.S. has captured in Syria.
“The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them………” Trump said in a tweet posted late Saturday night.
A young woman from London, Shamima Begum, who left her home to join ISIS in 2015 who is also trying to come home just had her citizenship revoked, according to a report from The Guardian. British officials say Begum could apply for citizenship in Bangladesh since her family is of Bangladeshi heritage. However, Begum says she has never been to Bangladesh.
Congressmen Mo Brooks and Gary Palmer did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this story.