Rahaf Mohammed who has been granted asylum by Canada, counts herself as ‘lucky one’ as she could change the reality to make her own decisions.
“I am one of the lucky ones. I know that there are unlucky women who disappeared after trying to escape or who could not do anything to change their reality”, she said in a press conference here on Tuesday.
Rahaf Mohammed, the Saudi teen who was granted asylum by Canada, said she counts herself amongst the “lucky ones” as she could change reality to make her own decisions
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Sketching the sufferings she faced back home, Rahaf revealed, “I was not treated respectfully by mt family and I was not allowed to be myself and who I want t be. As you know, in Saudi Arabia this is the case for all women, except for those that are fortunate enough to have understanding parents.”
“They can’t be independent and they need the approval of their male guardian for everything. Any woman who thinks of escaping,or escapes, will be at risk of persecution,” she remarked while thanking Canada, Thailand UNHCR and everyone else who played a role in finding her a safe refuge.
She promised to work for the freedom of women and highlighted that she will begin her normal private life just like any other women in Canada.
“I want to be independent, travel, make my own decisions on education, a career, or who, and when I should marry. I had no say in any of this. Today I can proudly say that i am capable of making all of those decisions. I am so grateful for all of the offers of support for housing and friendship. Thank you to everyone for reaching out and making me feel welcome in my new home”, Rahaf said.
The Saudi teen fled from her home in Kuwait, where they were on vacation to Thailand. Her passport was taken away by a man alleging that her family had filed a missing person report.
Following this incident, Rahaf stayed back in a hotel in Bangkok, claiming on Twitter that her life was in danger. Hoping for an asylum in Australia, she demanded to meet UNHCR. She reached Canada, her new home on January 12, after granting asylum.