Saudi Teen Who Fled Islam Arrives in Toronto
A Saudi teen who was granted asylum in Canada after fleeing from her allegedly abusive family has arrived in Toronto.
Her flight from Seoul, South Korea, landed a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government would accept 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun as a refugee.
Alqunun, wearing a hoodie emblazened with the word Canada, waved to reporters as she walked through Toronto's Pearson International Airport, but did not comment on her arrival in Canada.
She was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who said Alqunun will be going to her unspecified ``new home.'' However, Freeland said Alqunun would not be speaking with the media at this point.
Freeland joked that Algunun did comment about the cold and she responded that it gets warmer.
The young woman fled her family while visiting Kuwait and flew to Bangkok, where she barricaded herself in an airport hotel and launched a Twitter campaign that drew global attention to her case.
Alqunun says her father physically abused her and tried to force her into an arranged marriage.
Several other countries, including Australia, had been in talks with the U.N.'s refugee agency to accept Alqunun.
She had previously said on Twitter that she wanted to seek refuge in Australia.