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Saudi Teen Granted “Refugee” Status After Being Held In Thailand

A young woman who escaped from Saudi Arabia to Thailand was declared a “refugee” by the UN. Her story was followed by thousands of people on Twitter after she posted multiple live updates on her page.

According to BBC News, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun,18, has been declared a legitimate refugee after she refused to leave from an airport hotel in Thailand. She fled from her family while they were on a vacation in Kuwait and flew to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Qunan said she feared for her life after she renounced Islam.

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Qunun’s father and brother are currently in Thailand but the young woman refuses to see them. Australian officials stated that Qunun’s referral was accepted and she could be granted a humanitarian visa.

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“If she is found to be a refugee, then we will give very, very, very serious consideration to a humanitarian visa,” 

Before she was granted as a refugee, Thai officials initially wanted to send Qunun back to Kuwait. If she was forced back on the flight, Qunun would have been killed for renouncing Islam.

#Pressplay to learn more about Rahaf and her story in the clip below. 

Source: BBC News

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