Asylum-seeking Saudi teenager aided by United Nations

United Nations officials have taken charge of Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, a Saudi teenager who defied deportation from Thailand. The 18-year-old says she’s fleeing abuse and had barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room to avoid being returned to her family. She was later escorted out of the airport by UNHCR employees.

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Barricading herself behind a mattress in a Bangkok airport hotel, 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al Qunun recorded herself saying she feared her family would kill her if she was sent back to them because she’d renounced Islam.

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