SAUDI ARABIAN Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun fled her family and barricaded herself inside an airport hotel in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok out of fear for her own life. But who is she and why is her life in danger?
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun ran away from her family during a trip to Kuwait and is now hoping she can flee to Australia. The 18-year-old Saudi Arabian woman is hoping to seek asylum abroad and barricaded herself inside a hotel in Bangkok to prevent being expelled by Thai authorities. But who is Rahaf al-Qunun and why is her life in danger?
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, ran away from her family while they were on a trip to Kuwait and is now hoping to seek asylum in Australia.
She barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel but left the airport on January 7 after speaking to the United Nations refugee agency.
However, there has so far been no evidence her life is in actual danger.
Speaking to Reuters via text and audio messages she alleged her family had threatened to kill her.
She said: "They will kill me. My life is in danger. My family threatens to kill me for the most trivial things."
Rahaf also accused her family of subjecting her to physical and psychological abuse.