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Saudi Arabian Refugee Teenager Rahaf al-Qunun Arrives in Canada

  • A teenager from Saudi Arabia named Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who is fleeing her country after alleging family abuse, has ultimately reached Canada. The 18-year old Rahaf first tried to reach Australia through Bangkok. However, she was detained at Bangkok airport and was asked to return to Kuwait to meet her family. After refusing to fly back to Kuwait, she barricaded herself at Bangkok hotel room, which then attracted the attention of international media. Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland introduced Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun as “a very brave new Canadian”. When the media asked about the Saudi teenager’s public statement, the Canadian minister said that Rahaf is tired after the long journey as well as ordeal and will not make any public statement.