Saudi teen at home in Canada

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

THE 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled al­leged abuse by her fam­ily is on her way to a new life in Canada after she was granted asy­lum.

Ra­haf Mo­hammed Alqu­nun boarded a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul late on Fri­day night be­fore catch­ing a con­nect­ing flight to Canada, Thai­land’s im­mi­gra­tion po­lice chief Su­rachate Hak­parn said.

Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau con­firmed the news.

“That is some­thing that we are pleased to do be­cause Canada is a coun­try that un­der­stands how im­por­tant it is to stand up for hu­man rights and to stand up for woman’s rights around the world and I can con­firm that we have ac­cepted the UN’s re­quest,” Mr Trudeau said.

Aus­tralia had been one of the coun­tries of­fer­ing Ms Alqu­nun asy­lum. “She chose Canada. It’s her per­sonal decision,” Gen­eral Su­rachate said.

There had been con­flict­ing reports on where she would go. One re­port said Ms Alqu­nun was happy to “start a new life” in Aus­tralia.

Ms Alqu­nun gar­nered world­wide at­ten­tion after she bar­ri­caded her­self in an air­port ho­tel room in Bangkok and be­gan tweet­ing that her life was in dan­ger if she were forced to re­turn to Saudi Ara­bia.

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