I am writing in response to the article "Saudi teen flees family” (Young Post, January 9. You can read the web version here).
I think we should all pay attention to people like Rahaf Mohammed who are facing abuse in their own countries.
The case involving the Saudi teenager should be investigated so we can find out the truth. Rahaf said she was being abused by her own family and feared for her life if she went back to Saudi Arabia. We should do everything we can to help such people.
Being abused, especially by your own family, is a terrible experience. The victims must feel very sad and frustrated.
Continuing to stay with your family while being abused can be very scary. The sufferers are in big trouble because they cannot find anybody to help them.
The only way they can escape from their misery is to leave their homeland and start life in another country. I hope governments can give these people asylum after proper scrutiny of their cases.
Plugy Lee, Tak Nga Secondary School
From the Editor
Thank you for your email, Plugy. Rahaf’s story captured the world’s imagination, shining a spotlight clearly and distinctly on the abuses women face in Saudi Arabia.
She is a very brave teenager who bet her life that somehow she would find justice. All of her supporters are very happy to be part of that.
But, as we know, the kind of abuse Rahaf went through is normal in Saudi Arabia, where women have very limited rights.
Even as I write this, Rahaf has quit Twitter (and then rejoined) because she was getting death threats. Even her supporters have been bullied.
It is wonderful that she was so quickly accepted as a refugee. It seemed like Australia was going to, but they were beaten to it by the speedy Canadians. Even so, millions of other refugees are not so lucky.
It is also great news that Rahaf is speaking out for other women who are in similar trouble. Hopefully her actions will help to change the system that keeps women so oppressed.
Maybe we can spare a thought for the more than 25 million refugees around the world, more than half of whom are children and most of whom will not have things as easy as Rahaf.