Saudi woman who fled family arrived in Canada

The Saudi woman who fled her family for fear of her safety arrived Saturday in the Canadian city of Toronto. Canada announced a day earlier that Rahaf Mohammed Al Qunun is granted asylum in the North American country.


The Saudi woman who fled her family for fear of her safety arrived Saturday in the Canadian city of Toronto. Canada announced a day earlier that Rahaf Mohammed Al Qunun is granted asylum in the North American country.

Eighteen-year-old Al Qunun received worldwide attention after being locked up in a hotel room in Thailand, with which she tried to prevent her being sent back to her homeland. She made an alarm via Twitter.

Al Qunun had boarded a plane in Australia in Kuwait. She said she had renounced Islam, where the death penalty is in Saudi Arabia, and that she was mistreated by her family.

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Fleeing Saudi woman (18) is stranded in Thailand

Family denies abuse of woman

The father and brother of Al Qunun had traveled to Thailand to pick her up, but did not get to speak to her. They deny that the woman has been mistreated by her family.

According to the chief of the Thai immigration service, Al Qunun repeatedly refused a meeting with her family. The chief also reported that her wish is to go to Canada.

On Friday evening, the woman, who was recognized by the United Nations as a refugee, took a plane to the South Korean capital, Seoul. There she switched to a flight to Canada.

Al Qunun was met at the Toronto Airport on Saturday by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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REF: https://www.nu.nl/buitenland/5680244/saoedische-vrouw-familie-ontvluchtte-aangekomen-in-canada.html

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