Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun plans to pursue an schooling, get a job and “stay a traditional life” in Canada – issues she stated she couldn’t do in her house of Saudi Arabia, which she fled fearing for her life, she advised Canadian media on Monday.
Being in Canada is “an excellent feeling,” she advised the Canadian Broadcasting Company two days after arriving in Toronto from Bangkok.
“It is one thing that’s definitely worth the danger I took.”
Qunun grabbed worldwide consideration final week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport lodge room to withstand being despatched house to her household, which denies abusing her. Qunun refused to fulfill her father and brother, who arrived in Bangkok to attempt to take her again to Saudi Arabia.
The United Nations Excessive Fee on Refugees granted her refugee standing, and Canada agreed to take her in.
Canada’s determination to grant Qunun asylum comes at a fragile time. Relations between Ottawa and Riyadh have been tense after Canada demanded the fast launch of jailed rights activists final 12 months. Saudi Arabia retaliated by freezing new commerce with Ottawa and forcing a lot of its college students to return to the dominion.
Qunun’s case has drawn world consideration to Saudi Arabia’s strict social guidelines, together with a requirement that ladies have the permission of a male “guardian” to be able to journey, one thing rights teams say can lure ladies and ladies as prisoners of abusive households.
In her CBC interview, Qunun stated: “I felt that I couldn’t obtain my goals that I wished so long as I used to be nonetheless dwelling in Saudi Arabia.”
Having come to Canada, “I felt that I used to be reborn, particularly once I felt the love and the welcome,” she stated.
In her new house, “I’ll strive issues I have not tried. I’ll study issues I did not study. I’ll discover life. … I’ll have a job and stay a traditional life.”
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