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Canada grants asylum for Saudi teen who fled family: UNHCR
United Nations, Jan. 12 -- Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun's desperate and ultimately successful bid for asylum in the face of alleged death-threats from her own family, provides a "glimpse into the precarious situation of millions of refugees worldwide" has said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
In a statement on Friday, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said Canada had agreed to give asylum to the 18-year-old Saudi national who fled her family in Kuwait before her passport was taken away at the Bangkok airport on Sunday.
She was offered protection by UNHCR, and taken to a place of safety, while her claim was assessed by the UN agency, which decided that her claim was valid. Thai officials blocked Saudi requests for her to be sent back to Kuwait....
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