The Saudi 18-year-old girl who fled her family out of fear that they would kill her after she rejected Islam, has arrived in Toronto.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun got support all over the world this week when people heard how she had barricaded herself in a hotel room in Bangkok airport to not be sent back to her family.
Her family denies any abuse, but al-Qunun refused to meet her father and brother who arrived in Bangkok to try to get the teen.
Instead, she took a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday and then a connecting flight to Toronto.
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Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrives at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario
She saw wearing a UN human rights cap and a CANADA & # 39; hoodie when she was met by officials
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted Ms. al-Qunun after she landed in Toronto on Saturday morning
Mrs. Al-Qunun walks through sliding doors while she stands out beside officials at Toronto Pearson
Ms. Al-Qunun shared a moment in the business class on social media, enjoying a glass of wine while leaving as a refugee to Canada.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted al-Qunun after she landed in Toronto with a blue ball cap and a gray hoodie with red letters and the word CANADA & # 39;
Her case was speeded up after it gained an unprecedented amount of media attention.
She drew attention to the strict social rules of her homeland, including the requirement that women have permission from a male & # 39; guard & # 39; to travel, which rights groups say that women and girls can be held as prisoners of abusive families.
"Canada has unequivocally stated that we stand up for human rights and women's rights around the world", said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
& # 39; When the United Nations made a request to us to grant the asylum of Miss (Rahaf Mohammed) al-Qunun, we accepted that.
The Canadian ambassador saw her at the airport, the Thai police Major General Surachate Hakparn said, adding that she looked happy and healthy. & # 39; She chose Canada. It is her personal decision, "he said.
Mrs. al-Qunun is the daughter of a Saudi governor and has nine brothers and sisters. She used a loophole in the hard law of the state to travel unaccompanied to Kuwait.
From there she bought a ticket to Bangkok and hoped she would seek asylum in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom or any nation would protect her from injury or death by her family & # 39 ;.
Instead, her passport was confiscated by a Saudi diplomat and she was forced to lock herself into an apartment space.
She says she spent months planning her escape before implementing her dangerous plan on January 5th.
Mrs Al-Qunun receives a bouquet from a Canadian official, since Freeland is on her right
Al-Qunun shines from ear to ear as she finally arrives in Canada after a week of uncertainty about her future
Canada is now the new home for Saudi refugee Ms. Al-Qunun (photo) after Canada has responded to a UNHCR request
Ms. al-Qunun (photo) reacted earlier to news Australia is considering granting her asylum and says: & # 39; Is it true ??? Australia wants me to go there ??? I am so happy & # 39;
"Canada has been unequivocal for us to stand up for human rights and women's rights around the world", said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (photo)
Mrs. Al-Qunun (pictured at Bangkok airport) escaped from her family when she embarked on a solo trip to Kuwait and bought a ticket to Bangkok
Mrs Al-Qunun introduced herself with the Thai authorities after she had escaped her family, who denied her accusations
Her unpleasant situation was compared to that of Dina Ali Lasloom, a 24-year-old woman who sought asylum in Manila airport in April 2017.
She begged for help but was eventually pushed back into a plane home – kick and shout – and has never been heard ever since.
Al-Qunun's case received much more attention with faster speed, with great praise for social media and technology.
After only 24 followers pleaded, her plight was picked up by countless figures around the world who shared her story with their followers.
Within 24 hours she had more than 45,000 followers and grew.
Shortly thereafter, she tweeted to 100,000 people.
The 18-year-old (pictured with her 12-year-old sister Joud) said she had escaped from Kuwait & # 39; and that her life would be in danger if she were forced to return to Saudi Arabia
She made the headlines earlier this week after she started tweeting from the transit area of Bangkok airport, and said her life would be in danger if she returned to Kuwait.
The Thai authorities finally allowed her to enter the country on Monday evening and the UN refugee agency referred Mrs Al-Qunun to Australia to take into account the resettlement of refugees.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has granted her refugee status on Wednesday.
Despite using Twitter's power to avert deportation on Friday, she abruptly suspended her account with friends who said she had received death threats.
The 18-year-old was detained in Thailand after her arrival in the country. She is depicted as having barricaded herself in an airport hotel room to prevent her being deported
She also opened about living with her family in Saudi Arabia and described it as difficult because she had no freedom.
& # 39; It was so bad. I mean, of course there are good days but they hurt me a lot.
I can not choose what I want, & # 39; she said.
The 18-year-old even came into contact with online trolls who spread rumors about social media on her situation.
& # 39; They know nothing of my life and they do not know how my family treats me, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I want to live. I want to be independent. How can they say this because I do something they do not like?
I want to become a strong woman, I want freedom of expression, of religion and politics. I want to lead a normal life. & # 39;
Al-Qunun also claims that her family would kill her if she was sent to Saudi Arabia, where she renounced Islam and rebelled & # 39; to her father.