The head of Thailand’s immigration police said Monday that a young Saudi woman who was stopped in Bangkok as she was trying to travel to Australia for asylum to escape alleged abuse by her family would not be sent anywhere against her wishes, according to AP NEWS.
This was after Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun barricaded herself in an airport hotel room while sending out desperate pleas for help over social media. Her home is in Kuwait, and Thai authorities were preparing to send her back.
ALLEGES ABUSE, FEARS MURDER
The 18-year-old began posting on Twitter late Saturday after her passport was taken away when she arrived in Bangkok on a flight from Kuwait. She has been appealing for aid from the United Nations refugee agency, known as UNHCR, and anyone else who can help.
“I’m not leaving my room until I see UNHCR. I want asylum,” she said in a video posted to Twitter.
She is now safe
The U.N. refugee service said, “she is safe.”
— Bob A (@damitBob) January 7, 2019
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