A Saudi teen who fled her family and opened a Twitter account as part of a daring bid to seek asylum in Australia tweeted today (Jan. 11) that she had “bad and good news.” After that, the account, which gathered more than 100,000 followers over its six-day life span, disappeared.
A Thai official today said that Australia and Canada have both granted asylum to the Saudi teen, but her destination remains unknown, CNN reported. The governments of the two countries did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Quartz on those claims.
Rahaf al-Qunun left Kuwait last weekend while on vacation with her family and tried to reach Australia. She was apprehended at Bangkok airport, and her travel documents were confiscated. Thai authorities agreed not to deport her, and she was later granted refugee status by the United Nations. Al-Qunun, who had been communicating to the world through Twitter (with help from her friends) during her ordeal, said she feared for her life if she was sent back to Saudi Arabia. Under the kingdom’s guardianship rules, a woman’s husband or male family members act as her custodian, and have ultimate say over what she can do and where she can go.
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