Saudi teenager flee­ing fam­ily granted asy­lum

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The Saudi woman who bar­ri­caded her­self in a Thai ho­tel room in a des­per­ate at­tempt to flee abuse landed in Canada on Satur­day, cap­ping a tu­mul­tuous and un­cer­tain jour­ney to­wards safety.

Ra­haf Mo­hammed al-Qu­nun ar­rived in Toronto, tweet­ing “OMG – I’m in Canada ev­ery­one” and post­ing a video of her plane touch­ing down at Pear­son in­ter­na­tional air­port.

As she en­tered the ar­rivals area, she was ac­com­pa­nied by Canada’s min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs, Chrys­tia Free­land, who has been a vo­cal critic of Saudi Ara­bia’s jail­ing of fe­male dis­si­dents.

“This is Ra­haf al-Qu­nun, a very brave new Cana­dian,” Free­land told re­porters.

The 18-year-old’s fight against de­por­ta­tion from Thai­land as she tried to claim asy­lum cap­ti­vated a global au­di­ence through her Twit­ter ac­count, which now has nearly 150,000 fol­low­ers. – (Guardian)

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