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Friday 20 September 2019

Saudi runaway sisters plead for help on social media

It is the latest case of runaways from the ultra-conservative kingdom posting appeals for help online.

The sisters used a newly-created Twitter account to plead for help (Nick Ansell/PA)
The sisters used a newly-created Twitter account to plead for help (Nick Ansell/PA)

By Associated Press Reporters

Two Saudi sisters are pleading for help from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after fleeing their country.

Using a newly created Twitter account called “GeorgiaSisters”, they identified themselves as Maha al-Subaie, 28, and Wafa al-Subaie, 25.

In a video posted on Twitter, Maha said: “We want your protection. We want a country that welcomes us and protects our rights.”

The sisters claim they will be killed if they are forced to return to Saudi Arabia.

They say their father and brothers arrived in Georgia looking for them.

It is the latest case of runaways from the ultra-conservative kingdom posting appeals on social media.

In January, an 18-year-old Saudi woman was granted asylum in Canada after using Twitter to garner worldwide attention from a hotel room in Bangkok.

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