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The Saudi teenager became a cause celébrè for women’s and refugee rights after fleeing her family during a holiday in Kuwait to seek asylum.
An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family this week saying she feared for her life arrived in Toronto on Saturday after Canada granted her asylum, according to a Reuters witness.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun grabbed international attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse. Qunun refused to meet her father and brother, who arrived in Bangkok to try to take her back to Saudi Arabia.
Human rights activists say that for every Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun who grabs global attention, so many more go unnoticed by the world.
Smiling broadly, the 18-year-old posed for photographers with Freeland at her side, but made no statement.