An 18-year-old Saudi lady who fled her household this week saying she feared for her life arrived in Toronto on Saturday after Canada granted her asylum.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun grabbed worldwide consideration this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport resort room to withstand being despatched house to her household, which denies any abuse. Qunun refused to fulfill her father and brother, who arrived in Bangkok to strive take her again to Saudi Arabia.
Qunun arrived at Toronto’s Pearson Worldwide Airport on Saturday morning and Canadian Overseas Minister Chrystia Freeland is predicted to handle the media shortly.
Her case has drawn world consideration to Saudi Arabia’s strict social guidelines, together with a requirement that girls have the permission of a male “guardian” to journey, which rights teams say can entice ladies and women as prisoners of abusive households.
Qunun took a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday after which a connecting flight to Toronto.
Qunun arrived in Bangkok every week in the past and was initially denied entry. However she quickly began posting messages on Twitter from the transit space of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport saying she had “escaped Kuwait” and her life could be in peril if compelled to return to Saudi Arabia.
Inside hours, a marketing campaign sprang up dubbed #SaveRahaf, unfold on Twitter by a free community of activists.
Following a 48-hour stand-off at Bangkok airport, a few of it barricaded in a transit lounge resort room, she was allowed to enter the nation and has been processed as a refugee by the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).