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Saudi teenager granted asylum in Canada

  • 12/01/2019
  • The 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family and harnessed the power of Twitter to stave off deportation from Thailand was en route to Canada late on Friday, in a surprise twist after officials gave heavy hints she was bound for Australia.
  • Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s attempt to flee the ultra-conservative kingdom was embraced by rights groups as a beacon of defiance against repression. Rahaf alleged that she was abused by her family — who deny the allegations — and rights groups also said she had renounced Islam, risking prosecution in Saudi Arabia.