Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, in cap, smiles as she’s launched to the media at Toronto Pearson Worldwide Airport, alongside Canadian Minister of Overseas Affairs Chrystia Freeland.
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The Saudi teen who fled her household and grabbed international consideration with a dramatic sequence of close to real-time tweets arrived in Canada on Saturday after being granted asylum there.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun ran away earlier this month whereas touring in Kuwait. The 18-year-old stated her household subjected her to psychological and bodily abuse and that she deliberate to flee to Australia to hunt asylum.
She was stopped at an airport in Thailand, nevertheless, however barricaded herself in a resort room there moderately than board a scheduled flight again to Kuwait. From the room, she took to Twitter with the assistance of buddies, the place information of her plight unfold and attracted the eye of Human Rights Watch and the United Nations Refugee Company, which requested Canada to present her asylum.
“Saudi girls fleeing their households can face extreme violence from relations, deprivation of liberty, and different severe hurt if returned in opposition to their will,” Michael Web page, deputy Center East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, stated in an announcement on Jan. 6.
Yesterday, after Canada confirmed she’d been given a secure haven there, al-Qunun tweeted to her greater than 150,000 Twitter followers.
“I want to thanks folks for supporting me and saiving (sic) my life,” she wrote. “Really I’ve by no means dreamed of this love and help. You’re the spark that might encourage me to be a greater individual.”
I want to thanks folks for supporting me and saiving my life. Really I’ve by no means dreamed of this love and help
You’re the spark that might encourage me to be a greater individual❤️❤️❤️?
— Rahaf Mohammed رهف محمد (@rahaf84427714) January 11, 2019
The Saudi embassy in Washington did not instantly reply to a request for remark.