Saudi teen seeking asylum arrives in Canada

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has been at Bangkok’s international airport before being granted asylum by Canada. (File photo: AFP)

A Saudi teen who fled alleged abuse by her family has arrived in Canada, which has granted her asylum.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says that Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun is now in Canada.

Standing with Alqunun by her side at Toronto’s airport on Saturday, Freeland said: “This a very brave new Canadian.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said Canada would accept Alqunun as a refugee, capping a dramatic week that saw her flee her family while visiting Kuwait and before flying to Bangkok, where she barricaded herself in an airport hotel to avoid deportation.

The case grabbed global attention after she mounted a social media campaign for asylum.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:58 - GMT 06:58