Two Saudi sisters who fled to Georgia saying they feared being killed if they returned home posted on social media Tuesday that they have now obtained Georgian passports and are moving to a third country.
Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most restrictive countries for women.
Saudi Arabian sisters who fled their family toGeorgia have announced on Twitter they have been granted asylum in another country, expressing deep gratitude for the international support they have received.
In a similar case in March, another two Saudi sisters aged 20 and 18, who were marooned in Hong Kong, reached a third country after securing humanitarian visas as they sought sanctuary from an abusive family.
In early 2019, 18-year-old Saudi Rahaf Mohammed drew global attention with her dramatic escape from an allegedly abusive family, gaining refugee status in Canada.
Many Saudi women who flee overseas have spoken to media and rights groups of persuasive and coercive tactics deployed by officials and family members to pursue those who escape.
The al-Subaie sisters, who identified themselves as 28-year-old Maha and 25-year-old Wafa, wrote on Twitter account @GeorgiaSisters2: “We are thrilled to announce that we are leaving Georgia. We are on our way to start a new life in a new country”.
The sisters, who appealed for help via social media last month, are the latest to flee the Islamic kingdom where they say they feared for their lives.
“Finally we are going to another country, We have a new home, we have to start our new life,” said Wafa in a video that shows the pair at Tbilisi airport.
They wave Georgian passports and smile broadly in the video but said on Twitter they would not give details of where they are moving to “for a little while”.