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Saudi teen fears she’ll be killed if sent back home

A Saudi teenager says she was held against her will at an airport in Thailand while trying to flee her oppressive family.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun desperately pleaded for help in a series of tweets Sunday, saying her family will kill her if she’s sent back to them.


“My family is strict and locked me in a room for six months just for cutting my hair,” she said. “I’m sure 100 percent they will kill me as soon as I get out of Saudi jail.”

The teenager said she escaped from her family while they were on vacation in Kuwait two days ago, and was trying to reach Australia via Bangkok to seek asylum.

But while in Bangkok’s main airport, a Saudi embassy official followed her and snatched her passport, she said.

She was being held in the Miracle Transit Hotel at the airport, according to video she posted to Twitter.

“@realDonaldTrump please help me,” she tweeted. “I’m hoping that you heard about me. I’m a Saudi girl who fled from her family. Now I could be killed if they drag me back to my male guardian.”

The young woman said she would be sent home on a flight Monday, first to Kuwait and then to Saudi Arabia.

Al-Qunun was trying to escape an arranged marriage and was held in Thailand for not presenting “any necessary documents,” Surachet Hakpal, chief of the Thailand’s Immigration Bureau told CNN.

“In order to enter our country, she must comply with our regulations…This is their [Saudi Arabia’s] internal affairs. We are simply performing our duties” he said.

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