Teen hopes her escape will spur others to oppose Saudi regime

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Opinion

January 17, 2019 - 9:23 AM

In an act of desperation, a young Saudi woman broke free from what she described as an abusive family by barricading herself in a hotel room until authorities granted her safe passage to a country that respects human rights.

Eighteen-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunum  arrived in Canada on Saturday. Unfortunately, the teen is still not safe; she is now the victim of online threats, necessitating a private security detail.

The case of the young woman, who said she feared for her life if she were returned to her family, was deemed an emergency by Costi, the Canadian refugee agency facilitating her resettlement in Toronto.

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