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Saudi teen welcomed as refugee in Canada






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The Saudi teenager who fled Saudi Arabia has been given asylum by Canada. Rahaf Mohammed, 18, arrived in Toronto on Saturday. She was greeted by Canada's Foreign Minister, who told reporters: "This is a very brave new Canadian. Rahaf wanted Canadians to see that she has arrived at her new home. She has had a very long and tiring journey. She is now going to her new home." Rahaf was all smiles and wearing a hoodie decorated with the word "Canada".

Rahaf said her family want to kill her. She was detained in Bangkok while trying to board a flight to Australia. She asked for help on Twitter and her story got worldwide attention. The United Nations gave her refugee status. Canada granting asylum to Rahaf could worsen relations between the two countries. Relations are already strained after Canada called for the release of a jailed human rights activist. Saudi stopped new trade with Canada.

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