Saudi Asylum Seeker Arrives In Canada

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse by her family has arrived in Canada after she was granted asylum there.

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun stood arm-in-arm with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland at Toronto’s airport on Saturday local time, The Associated Press reported.

Ms Alqunun smiled broadly as she exited an arrival door wearing a Canada hoodie.

“This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave new Canadian,” Ms Freeland said.

The teenager was tired and preferred not to take questions but she had wanted to come out and say hello to Canadians, Ms Freeland added.

“She wanted Canadians to see that she’s here, that she’s well and that she’s very happy to be in her new home.”

The refugee boarded a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul late on Friday night before catching a connecting flight to Canada.

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