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Saudi Teen Held At Thailand Airport After Escaping Family

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Saudi Teen Held At Thailand Airport After Escaping Family

A Saudi teen is pleading for her life while she is currently being held at an airport in Thailand.

The New York Post reports Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun used her Twitter page to explain why she fled her family in Saudi Arabia and said she will face death if she’s sent back to the country. Qunun added that she used the opportunity to escape her family while they were on vacation in Kuwait.

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“My family is strict and locked me in a room for six months just for cutting my hair.I’m sure 100 percent they will kill me as soon as I get out of Saudi jail.”

The teen said she intended to travel from Bangkok to Australia to seek asylum but was stopped by a Saudi embassy official who then snatched her passport. Rahaf is currently being held at the Miracle Transit Hotel.

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Officials reported that Qunun was fleeing an arranged marriage and held her in Thailand for not providing any necessary documents.

Surachet Hakpal, chief of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau, says they are just following protocol.

“In order to enter our country, she must comply with our regulations . . . This is their [Saudi Arabia’s] internal affairs. We are simply performing our duties”

#PressPlay to learn more about Rahaf’s situation and if you want to keep up with her story, check out her Twitter

Source: New York Post

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