A Saudi teenager who fled to Thailand for fear his family would kill Islam claims to have been granted asylum in Australia. He said, "I am so happy, I will start a new life."
Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun made headlines earlier this week after she started tweeting from the transit area of Bangkok Airport.
The 18-year-old said she had fled Kuwait, and her life would be in danger if forced to return to Saudi Arabia.
18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun (picture today) made a start The week headlines, after he had started tweeting from the transit area of Bangkok Airport
The 18-year-old (im Picture with her 12-year-old sister Joud) said she "escaped Kuwait" and that her life would be in danger if forced to return to Saudi Arabia
Within hours she had amassed a large following on Twitter, when she refused to return to the conservative kingdom and barricaded herself in a hotel room. 19659002] The Thai authorities allowed her to enter the country on Monday evening, and the UN refugee agency sent Rahaf to Australia to deal with the resettlement of refugees.
Yesterday, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne was in Bangkok after Canberra considered granting asylum. 18-year-old Payne said there was no time frame to assess the case.
The 18-year-old was arrested in Thailand after her arrival in Thailand. It shows how she barricaded herself in an airport hotel room to prevent deportation.
Ms. Al-Qunun, pictured At Bangkok airport, he fled to Kuwait last week for a family trip and flown to Thailand. hoping to reach Australia on a tourist visa – even though the Australian government has yet to officially confirm this.
"They accepted me," she said. & # 39; I'm so happy! I will start a new life.
She added that she can not reveal where she is in Bangkok.
She can not say when she will leave for Australia, but said it will be "soon."
She also does not know exactly where she will live in the country.
They told me they had given me an apartment, but I did not ask where to go, "Rahaf added.
"It's like for three months." She described the past days when they did not know her fate as "so hard."
. Qunun (pictured) claims her family would kill her if she were sent to Saudi Arabia, where she renounces Islam and "rebels" against her father
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The fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi could only be narrowly avoided.
"I'm scared just like he gets killed," she said. "From the beginning Jamal's case, I thought of him and was sad for him."
Khashoggi was killed in October at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
More than three months later, the whereabouts of his body are unknown. 19659002] Turkish and US officials accuse Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of organizing the killing – a claim the Saudi authorities categorically reject.
Rahaf also stated that she could live with her family in Saudi Arabia because she had called it difficult because she had no freedom
"It was so bad. I mean, of course there are good days, but they hurt me a lot.
"I have no choice what I want."
One person she misses is her younger sister Joud, who turned 12 today. 19659002] "I miss her, I tried to call her and say 'happy birthday', but she can not access a phone," she said.
She also railed against online trolls who spread rumors on social media that they were lying about their situation.
"They do not know about my life and they do not know how my family treats me," she said.
"I want life, I want to be independent, how can they say that just because I'm doing something What they do not like?
"I want to be a strong woman, I want freedom of expression, religion and politics, I want to live a normal life."
Rahaf arrived in Thailand on Saturday and wanted to fly to Australia with asylum ,
Ms. Al-Qunun should perform Australian controls on a humanitarian visa, including character and safety assessments. But after being denied entry to Thailand, she launched a massive campaign on Twitter, calling on her from all over the world to seek asylum.
Their plight also drew attention to the strict social rules of Saudi Arabia. including the requirement that women have the permission of a male "guardian" to travel.
It also occurs when Riyadh is being scrutinized by the West for killing Khashoggi and humanitarian consumers. Equivalents of his war in Yemen.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Department of the Interior to comment.