January 18th, 2019

NewsAlert: Teen refugee fleeing Saudi Arabia arrives in Toronto

By The Canadian Press on January 12, 2019.

TORONTO – A Saudi teen who was granted asylum in Canada after fleeing from her allegedly abusive family has arrived in Toronto.

Her flight from Seoul, South Korea, landed a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government would accept 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun as a refugee.

The young woman fled her family while visiting Kuwait and flew to Bangkok, where she barricaded herself in an airport hotel and launched a Twitter campaign that drew global attention to her case.

Alqunun says her father physically abused her and tried to force her into an arranged marriage.

Her father, who arrived in Bangkok not long before she left, has denied those allegations.

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