By Rahaf Mohammed
A gripping true story of a young Saudi woman's courageous escape from an abusive patriarchal system, and how her cry for help on Twitter changed everything
In early 2019, after more than a year of careful planning, Rahaf Mohammed boarded a plane and finally escaped from Saudi Arabia. If caught, she was sure she would be killed, like other rebel women who had tried to flee her country’s oppressive regime. But the 18-year-old only made it as far as Bangkok before her passport was taken away. It was a trick, and soon she found herself trapped, barricaded in a hotel room.
As men pounded on her door, the teenager decided to reach out to the world on Twitter – and the world answered. Her account gained 45,000 followers overnight and offered her a vital lifeline. This was Rahaf’s chance at a new life, the one she had dreamed of. Now Rahaf tells her remarkable story for the first time and reveals the dystopian reality of what life is like for women within Saudi Arabia.
From the guardianship system, which places unmarried women under the full control of their male relatives, to the secretive online underground network of Saudi runaways plotting their escape, Rebel is a gripping memoir of resistance and bravery by a woman determined to tell the truth about life in the closed kingdom.