A 18- year old teen from Saudi perfectly made use of the social media to escape herself from the abusive family.
Rahaf Mohammed Al- Qunun, grabbed attention after she sent out a series of tweets from an airport hotel room in Bangkok pleading for help. A teen from Saudi family fled to Thailand to save herself from the abusive family, saying that she might get murdered because she rejected Islam.
She intended to fly to Australia but, she was stopped in Bangkok main airport on Sunday after Thai immigration officials attempted to expel her back to Middle East.
Qunun, drew attention with a newly created twitter account which only had 24 followers. She tweeted her arrival and following detention in Bangkok.
“I’m the girl who ran away to Thailand. I’m now in real danger because the Saudi embassy is trying to force me to return,” her first-ever tweet in Arabic read.
The Arabic tweets was translated to English by Eqyptian- American activist Mona Eltahawy and it was sent to her millions of followers.
She kept tweeting every minutes and putting out videos which showed everything happening to her in the airport. Her posts became fearer which drew attention and sympathy from the twittaratis.
Minutes after this, Qunun received immense support and hashtag #Save Rahaf campaign was raised. Her followers raised from 24 to 27000 within a span of 24 hours. After few hours it came to the notice of Human Rights Watch Phil Phil Robertson.
In response to the campaign Thai officials allowed her access to the UNHCR. The UN High Commission on Refugees granted her refugee status on Wednesday.
The UNHCR had talks with both Canada and Australia. Both the countries agreed to give her Asylum. Qunun expressed her preference to go to Canada. The UNHCR withdrew its referral to Australia to take her as a refugee.