Saudi teenager fleeing family granted asylum
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)
Rahaf Mohammed: fleed abuse in Saudi Arabia