Toronto: Ms. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun the 18-year-old Saudi teenager who dropped her last name ‘al-Qunun’ after learning her family disowned her was recently granted asylum in Canada after she managed to capture the world’s attention last week by barricading herself in an airport hotel room in Bangkok.
As the young teenager claims, she took the bold step to avoid being sent back to her home to stay with her family, Daily mail online reports.
Enjoying the first week already spent in Canada after she was resettled in the country by the UN refugee agency, she seems to enjoy the red wine, bacon, cigarette in her new home.
She is now very much enjoying things which were forbidden in her conservative homeland.
She has also shared images of red wine a drink that she enjoyed on the flight to Toronto, Canadian bacon and eggs for her breakfast, a lit cigarette as she continues to celebrate her freedom.
Her knee-length wool dress with her bare legs visible along with her morning coffee was also shared.
Meanwhile, the refugee agency that has helped her settle in Canada said they have also arranged a security guard for the girl after she reported of threats to her life.
Mario Calla, the executive director of Costi Immigrant Services, the agency that has contracted by the Canadian government to help Ms Mohammed, said she has received multiple threats online on Tuesday.
‘She sees these threats. She has left Islam and she basically has broken away from her family, and that scares her,’ Calla added.
Addressing the press conference, Ms Mohammad thanked the Canadian and Thai governments as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for coming to her aid.
‘I am one of the lucky ones,’ as I know there are unlucky women who disappeared after trying to escape or who could not do anything to change their reality,’ she said in her statement.
Earlier she had reportedly fled her family while visiting Kuwait and flew to Bangkok, with the intention of flying on to Australia to seek asylum last week. But when the Thai Government denied her entry, she barricaded herself in the hotel room to avoid deportation and began tweeting for help.
Following which the Thai authorities eventually allowed her to enter the country while the UN refugee agency began to seek a new home for her.
Ms. Mohammed also added in her press conference that she is willing to work in support of freedom for women around the world.
Speaking of decisions on being independent, traveling, marriage, she said: ‘I had no say in any of this. Today I can proudly say that I am capable of making all those decisions.’