Student Who Fled To Syria To Fight ISIS Claims She Has A $1 Million Bounty On Her Head

Joanna Palani was only 22 when she left her university in Copenhagen, Denmark, to follow in her Kurdish father's footsteps

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A 23 year-old student who travelled to Syria to fight ISIS has claimed that there is a £1 million bounty on her head.

Joanna Palani was only 22 when she left her university in Copenhagen, Denmark, to follow in her Kurdish father's footsteps and fight with the Western-trained and backed Kurdish forces.

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But since returning to Dernmark to visit her family, she had her passport confiscated and is unable to return to the front line. There is even the prospect of a prison sentence.

"I was willing to give up my life and my freedom to stop ISIS advancing, so that everyone in Europe can be safe," she told Broadly. "But I am seen as a terrorist by my own country.

"Honestly, there were some times I was afraid. There were times when I wished I would survive, yes. But there wasn't one single second where I wished I was home again. I knew I was in the right place."

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She continued: "I am a European Kurdish girl. Most of my beliefs and morals are European. I couldn't live in Kurdistan for more than one or two years-it is not very comfortable there as a woman for me.

"I would rather choose public justice than personal happiness. I would give my life for Europe, for democracy, for freedom and for women's rights."

For now, she is continuing her studies - but still hopes to venture out to the frontline once again.