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Posted at: Jan 12, 2019, 10:18 PM; last updated: Jan 12, 2019, 10:18 PM (IST)

Saudi teen who fled her family arrives in Canada

Saudi teen who fled her family arrives in Canada
Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun (C, blue cap) is welcomed by Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland (R) as she arrives at Pearson International airport in Toronto, Ontario, on January 12, 2019. AFP

Toronto, January 12

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family this week saying she feared for her life arrived in Toronto on Saturday after Canada granted her asylum, according to a Reuters witness.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun grabbed international attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse.

Qunun refused to meet her father and brother, who arrived in Bangkok to try take her back to Saudi Arabia.

Instead, she took a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday and then a connecting flight to Toronto.- Reuters


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