Diary of a jihadi bride from New Zealand

After reading the Stuff article with the title, ‘Why are young Western women running away overseas to become jihadi brides?’ I was inspired to write this fictional account based on the facts included in the article.


Dear Diary

I used to spend my weekends studying, at parties, playing netball, and experimenting with makeup but today I arrived in a war zone excited to marry the gorgeous Muhammad who won my heart online.

Why did I do it? Maybe it is teenage rebellion, a love of bad boys or the lure of a religion that tells me exactly how to live my life. I think it was all three. I can’t wait to meet him in person.

Muhammad has sent me chocolate, books, gorgeous hijabs, and cash so I know that it is true love. It took me ages to save up for the cost of my air ticket but I am finally here. So excited.

Dear Diary

Muhammad doesn’t look like his photo and he is not 20 like he said on his profile. He says he is middle aged but yuk he looks as old as my Dad. He said I will be his third wife and I cannot help but wonder what happened to the first two.

My new friend Sally Jones has told me that all will be well. She is from Britain and has blonde hair. She is 45 and used to performed in a punk band, before marrying a 20-year-old Syrian hottie she met online. I wish my Muhammad looked like hers but Muhammad assures me that this is what Allah wills and that I will be happy here.

Sally Jones flew to Syria after an online romance with a "toyboy" jihadist more than 20 years her junior. KENT ONLINE

Sally Jones flew to Syria after an online romance with a “toyboy” jihadist more than 20 years her junior. KENT ONLINE

Dear Diary

I am soooo bored.There is no cellphone reception here and it is sooo hot. I can’t buy a decent bra here and the shampoo here is useless. God I miss decent coffee and air conditioning sigh.

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My friend Zehra Duman from Melbourne is enjoying herself and she describes life here as  5 Star and the other day posted photos of her posing with guns and an Isis flag around a new white BMW M5 car.

It was with her encouragement and Aqsa Mahmoods that I decided to come here in the first place. They both made it look so exciting.

On Tumblr, Mahmood gave me a packing checklist. She said to including “good quality undergarments”, thermal clothing, and organic coconut oil. She also warned me against chatting online to fighters who were already married. I wish she would give Muhammad the same advice. I caught him yesterday chatting online to a girl from Auckland.

Australian woman Zehra Duman shared a photo of her "five-star jihad" life on social media.

Australian woman Zehra Duman shared a photo of her “five-star jihad” life on social media.

Dear Diary

some of the women and girls here have joined an all female police squad. Muhammad said I should join it but I have seen them in action. They are brutal. I am scared of them and have to be very careful to cover myself correctly to avoid punishment.

Some of the wives have become fighters or help plan attacks. I don’t want to get involved. I might be bored out of my tree but at least hand washing Muhammad’s dirty undies isn’t likely to get me killed.

Dear Diary

Isis is encouraging “lone wolf” attacks in Britain, including bombings and beheadings. I hope they don’t target my friends and family in New Zealand. I am home sick. I want to go home.

Muhammad beats me. He has sex with me whenever he likes. I can’t complain though because I have heard the screams of the women and girls he and the others have captured and taken as sex slaves. At least I am only raped by one man.

Yesterday two of the slaves killed themselves. They couldn’t take the beatings and rape anymore. Muhammad laughed. He told me they are infidels.

I think I hate him.

I want to escape.

Dear Diary

there are now hundreds of families sharing one or two bathrooms and kitchens. I do not even have my own home which I was promised before I got here. The women here have  a gangster mentality.

Last night Muhammad told me that it was Allah’s will that I become a suicide bomber. I wonder if I can flee to Turkey?

I wonder if the New Zealand government will let me return?

This is a living nightmare

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