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Saudi Teen Granted Asylum for Alleged Abuse Arrives in Canada

A Saudi high schooler who claims she fears death if deported back to her nation of origin arrived in Canada on Saturday after being granted asylum, as per the Associated Press. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, ran away from her family this week, while they were visiting Kuwait. She at that point fled to Thailand, planning to seek asylum in Australia. Thai authorities initially didn’t enable her to leave the nation, as Saudi authorities tried to get al-Qunun forcibly came back to the Kingdom, per reports. “My brothers and family and the Saudi embassy will be waiting for me in Kuwait,” she reportedly said in a phone interview from her hotel room in Thailand. “My life is in danger. My family threatens to kill me for the most trivial things.”Al-Qunun’s case captured international attention after she chronicled her campaign for asylum via web-based networking media. After al-Qunun landed in Toronto’s airport, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland stood by her side and “This a very brave new Canadian.” Al-Qunun presented two pictures on Twitter on Friday documenting her travel to Canada, one with the hashtag “#i_did_it.”

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