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Saudi Teen Wants to Work for Freedom for Women


In this image made from a video, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, Saudi woman accepted as a refugee in Canada, is interviewed in Toronto, Jan. 14, 2019. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

A Saudi teen whose flight from her allegedly abusive family captured global attention says she wants to work in support of freedom for women around the world for years to come.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun was granted asylum in Canada at the request of U.N. officials.

She made a public statement Tuesday, saying through an interpreter that her first goal is to learn English.

Al-Qunun fled her family while visiting Kuwait before flying to Bangkok. Once there, she barricaded herself in an airport hotel to avoid deportation and tweeted about her situation.

Her situation has highlighted the issue of women's rights in Saudi Arabia, where several women fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum abroad in recent years and returned home.

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