Source: The Star
More than 10,000 kilometres away from home in Saudi Arabia, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun pauses when asked about the family from whom she fled.
Then the tears come.
“I felt so sad. It was hard. I didn’t expect my family to disown me,” Rahaf, 18, says during an exclusive interview Monday with the Star and CBC.
Sitting in a small office at a Toronto immigrant settlement agency, the Saudi teen’s voice cracks with emotion as she talks about the family she plotted for years to escape, alleging they subjected her to both physical and mental abuse — and ultimately led to her being granted refuge in Canada.