Saudi Refugee On Her Way to Canada

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse by her family is on her way to a new life in Canada after she was granted asylum.

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun boarded a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul late on Friday night before catching a connecting flight to Canada, Thailand’s immigration police chief Surachate Hakparn says.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the news.

“That is something that we are pleased to do because Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights and to stand up for woman’s rights around the world and I can confirm that we have accepted the UN’s request,” Mr Trudeau said.

Australia had been one of the countries weighing offering Ms Alqunun asylum.

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