Story of a Saudi Woman – level 2

17-01-2019 07:00

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun is an 18-year-old woman from Saudi Arabia. She says that her family abuses her, especially after she renounced Islam.

Her family and she went on holiday to Kuwait where she ran away. She got on a plane to Thailand and planned to go to Australia to ask for asylum. However, Thai officials stopped her and took her passport away.

She was afraid that Thailand would send her back to Saudi Arabia to her abusive family. She locked herself up in a Thai airport hotel room and asked people for help on social media.

The UN reacted to her situation and gave her refugee status. This gives her some protection.

Difficult words: abuse (hurt somebody physically or psychologically), renounce (say that you do not believe in something), ask for asylum (ask if you can live somewhere else in safety).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

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