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Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy
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Translation of tweets from the #Saudi woman trying to flee into asylum who said she is being held at #Bangkok airport: “I am the girl who escaped #Kuwait to #Thailand. My life is in real danger if I am forced to return to #Saudi Arabia.”
“My name is Rahaf Mohamed. I will publish my full name publicly if my family and the #Saudi embassy and the #Kuwaiti embassy man don’t stop chasing me”
“I am 20 years old and I should be able to live alone, freely, independent of anyone who does not respect my dignity and who doesn’t respect me as a woman.”
“I have proof of my family’s violence, and my lawyer will raise a case against them if they don’t stop trying to repatriate me.”
“I am giving my family 48 hours - either stop or I will publish everything that will incriminate them.”
“I am real, I exist, I am still breathing, but I am not sure I can continue or that I can stay alive unless the #Saudi embassy stops pursuing me.”
I have linked the tweets and my translation of them in the hope that they help a woman who has said she is trying to escape violence. I know only what is shared above and I hope she is left alone to live in asylum, freely and with dignity as she deserves. As all #Saudi women do.
Some background on what #Saudi women face under regime-sanctioned patriarchy
Remember the #Saudi sisters who were found dead late last year, bound together, on the banks of the Hudson River in New York City. They had ran away from home, were scared they’d be deported & there were reports they’d tried to apply for asylum
“Mona, I was told just a short while ago that I will be forcibly repatriated to #Saudi. These are vital moments. Time is of the essence. I urge you, please do something. I am truly frightened.”
“I have been detained in an airport hotel. I will be forcibly repatriated tomorrow to Kuwait and then Saudi. There is an airport person who constantly follows me. I can’t even ask for protection or asylum in Thailand. Thai police refuse to help me.”
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