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Saudi refugee heads to Canada

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/11/19, 01:01 pm

A Saudi woman who fled her family has departed Thailand for Canada after she received asylum, a Thai official said Friday. Immigration police chief Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn said 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun boarded a flight in Bangkok on Friday and was headed to Toronto by way of Seoul, South Korea.

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Associated Press/Photo by Bilal Hussein

Winter storm forces evacuation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/09/19, 12:37 pm

LEBANON: Hundreds of Syrian refugees were rescued from camps in Bekaa Valley, as a winter storm sent wind and torrents of rain and snow across the country.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun/Human Rights Watch

Thailand says it will safeguard Saudi woman

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/07/19, 11:58 am

Thailand on Monday allowed an 18-year-old Saudi woman fleeing her family to enter the country. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun told Human Rights Watch she fled her home due to abuse by her family, including beatings and confinement to her room for months. She told the BBC that she feared her family would kill her if she returned to them because she renounced Islam. Alqunun hoped to reach Australia and apply for asylum there, but Thai authorities in Bangkok confiscated her passport on a stopover, she wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

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