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Fled Saudi teenager arrives in Canada

Mississauga (Canada): An 18-year-old Saudi woman who ran away from her country where she said she was abused arrived in Canada on Saturday, after being granted asylum.

Saudi teenager arrives in Canada

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun had said she feared death if she was deported back home.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland accompanied her outside the airport, and addressed the media, saying Alqunun was "a very brave new Canadian".

They both re-entered the airport after Freeland's statement.

Freeland said Alqunun had a "very long and tiring journey" and would not take any questions that day.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 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.

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

It highlighted the cause of women's rights in Saudi Arabia, where several women fleeing abuse by their families were caught trying to seek asylum abroad in recent years and returned home.

Alqunun flew to Toronto via Seoul, South Korea, according to Thai immigration Police Chief Surachate Hakparn.



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