Rahaf Mohammed: Saudi teen's first public statement in Canada

Marco Green
January 18, 2019

After being resettled in Canada by the United Nations refugee agency, she has been enjoying previously forbidden pleasures such as bacon.

Rahaf Mohammed has posted pictures of her trying bacon for the first time and going for coffee while showing her legs.

One was a photo of her bacon and egg breakfast - "omg bacon" - festooned with a Canadian flag emoji, the other a cup of Starbucks coffee sitting on her bare legs.

Rahaf has been provided with round the clock security protection in Canada and has taken a break from the Twitter account she credits with saving her life after being inundated with death threats in part because she has renounced Islam.

The teenager, who has given up her family name Alqunun, feared she would be killed by her relatives is she returned to Saudi Arabia after slipping away while on a family holiday in Kuwait on 7 January.

The Saudi government has issued no statement on Mohammed's affair so far, but the National Society for Human Rights (NHSR), self-proclaimed as an independent body and branded by the US State Department as "government-funded", said that it "was surprised by some countries' incitement of some Saudi female delinquents to rebel against the values of their families and push them out of the country and seek to receive them under the pretext of granting them asylum".

"I know there are unlucky women who disappeared after trying to escape or who could not do anything to change their reality".

Ms Mohammed arrived in Canada over the weekend after a week in limbo in Bangkok.

Rahaf Mohammed caused a global sensation when she barricaded herself in an airport hotel room in Bangkok and begged not be deported back to Saudi Arabia. She sought refuge in Australia after she allegedly sustained emotional and physical violence at home but was eventually granted asylum in Canada.

She said that when she learned she had been granted asylum in Canada, the 'stress I felt over the last week melted away'.

'Today and for years to come, I will work in support of freedom for women around the world, ' she said.

But she added that her first priority is to learn English. Today I can proudly say that I am capable of making all those decisions, ' she said.

She added: "Any woman who thinks of escaping, or escapes, will be at risk of persecution".

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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