In a 9-minute viral video, a Jordanian 20-year old has opened up about her life being threatened by her family, saying that she has fled to Turkey since last November, escaping a toxic and violent family in Jordan.
#URGENT Layan is a Jordanian girl who fled to #Turkey after her brothers sexually harassed her, and her family physically abused her. She has no help in Turkey and her family is threatening her with her life.#savelayan #ساعدوا_ليان pic.twitter.com/MGxELYBzRo— Sarah Hunaidi (@SaraHunaidi) January 29, 2021
According to her video, Layan said that she has been sexually harassed by two of her brothers, in addition to living through domestic violence for years. She talked about her struggles graduating from high school and her family's reluctance to help her get to college afterwards.
Layan also mentioned death threats she received from her father and uncle, saying she left Jordan so she doesn't lose her life to the increasing wave of female killings in the country; one that has been amongst the most frequent issues faced by Jordanian society.
No, her family is free to travel there. In a recorded phone call, her mom berated her telling her that her brothers were coming to get her.— ????? ????????? (@AbdulHurayrah) January 29, 2021
عزيزتي روحي لأي سفارة كندا سوسرا ورجيهم التهديدات عشان يحمونك بشكل مؤقت لين تتمكني من الحصول علي لجوء #ساعدوا_ليان— ??ᎻᎬᏞᎬᏁ ♀ (@95_Helen) January 29, 2021
Translation: "Dear, you should go to embassies of Canada or Switzerland and show them the threats you've received so they can temporarily protect you until you receive asylum."
While Layan's video drew the attention of thousands of social media users, who launched the hashtag #savelayan #ساعدوا_ليان, as they called on authorities to guarantee better protection for women in the country, some commentators suspected the authenticity of Layan's narrative.
20 year old Jordanian woman, Layan, escaped to Turkey from her abusive family. Her family is threatening to bring her back and kill her. She is in danger. #HelpLayan #SaveLayan #ساعدوا_ليان@UN_Women @Refugees @UNHCRTurkey pic.twitter.com/QpVwqqeIqR— Ex-Muslims of North America (@ExmuslimsOrg) January 29, 2021
Some tweets highlighted Layan's photos with another young woman, saying that the main reason she is facing trouble with her family is her sexual orientation, as homosexual relationships are still widely unacceptable in Jordan. Yet, others argued that Layan deserves to be heard and supported regardless of the reason her family is threatening her life.
Additionally, some comments wondered if the video is meant to help the young woman receive asylum in a western country on the basis of domestic violence or sexual identity.
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