The year-old uploaded the image next to a photo of her wearing a niqab to celebrate being a "free woman" after she fled her "abusive" family in Saudi Arabia. She sought asylum in Canada last year to escape the strict kingdom amid alleged death threats from relatives. Describing her transformation as "the biggest change in my life", Rahaf also posted a before shot of herself in a niqab. She wrote: "From being forced to wear black sheets and being controlled by men to being a free woman. But critics in Saudi Arabi were quick to slam her new look, with some saying Rahaf was making herself "naked". One user posted: "I really feel sad for people like you, Saudi woman are living in happiness, they are living a normal live they drive, go malls and now they travel alone, plus our prophet Muhammad said that women and men are equal.
Rahaf Mohammed: Saudi teen says women 'treated like slaves'
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JEDDAH: A large number of Saudi teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 suffer from obesity and lack of vitamin D, smoke tobacco, indulge in dangerous practices such as driving without seatbelts and are bullied at school. This is among the shocking findings of a study of 12, teenagers conducted by Faida bin Saleh, head of the adolescent medicine research program at King Abdullah International Medical Research Center in Riyadh, a local publication reported recently. They were asked several questions on 12 health topics, including family status, nutrition, safety on the road, smoking, bullying, mental illness and access to health care services. The researchers also asked the teenagers to submit to medical examinations and have their blood tested to see whether they suffer from chronic illnesses and obesity. The study found that 30 percent of the teenagers were overweight and obese because they ate meals that were not nutritious and consumed large amounts of energy and soft drinks.
Youth in Saudi Arabia
Foot on pedal, year-old Murtaja Qureiris is about to lead the group of around 30 children. In video footage obtained by CNN, he is wearing rolled up denim jeans and black flip-flops on his feet, and grinning at the camera recording the event. It may look like a regular bike ride, but the group is staging a protest.
When Ali al-Nimr was 17, he says he was suddenly rammed by a Saudi Arabian government vehicle while riding his motorcycle through the eastern district of Qatif. Al-Nimr was taken to a local police station, where he was beaten so badly he had to be transferred to a hospital, his lawyer said. Initially, al-Nimr was hit with relatively minor charges related to his participation in the widespread to Arab Spring demonstrations against Shia repression in the eastern part of the country, where most of the population resides.