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Rahaf Mohammed: Rahaf and Protection Program

rahaf mohammed: Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star While Rahaf's plea for help on social media got her international headlines and drew the attention of the UNHCR to her plight, the emergency rescue effort was by no means unique though the warm embrace by a foreign minister at the airport may have been, according to Toronto Star. According to immigration officials, some 200 people are processed under Canada's Urgent Protection Program each year, with about 50 resettled within the rapid timelines seen in Rahaf's case. Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed was granted refuge in Canada after fleeing from her family she claimed were abusive. The 18-year-old arrived in Toronto Saturday where she was greeted by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland after a tumultuous week that began with Rahaf escaping from her family during a trip to Kuwait. Canada has the flexibility to respond quickly to individual emergency situations for a small number of refugees, said immigration department spokesperson Beatrice Fenelon. Rahaf then flew to Bangkok, where she was detained by Thai authorities who prepared to deport her to Saudi Arabia, where she feared for her life. ( As reported in the news.