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Saudi teen says fleeing was "worth the risk"

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Saudi teen says fleeing was

Saudi teen says fleeing was "worth the risk"

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi teen who fled her country says she plans to pursue an education, get a job and live a normal life in Canada while advocating in support of freedom for women around the world.

Linda So reports.

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Saudi teen says fleeing was "worth the risk"

The Saudi teenager who fled her family by escaping on a Thailand-bound plane says her ordeal was 'worth the risk'.

18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun grabbed international attention last week, after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room and begged not to be sent home.

She is now in Canada - after its government agreed to take her in.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SAUDI TEEN RAHAF MOHAMMED AL-QUNUN, SAYING: "I am one of the lucky ones.

I know that there are unlucky women who disappeared after trying to escape or could not do anything to change their reality." Qunun was seeking asylum away from a family she claims controlled and abused her - something they deny.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SAUDI TEEN RAHAF MOHAMMED AL-QUNUN, SAYING: "I want to be independent.

Travel.

Make my own decisions on education, a career, or who and when I should marry.

I had no say in any of this.

Today I can proudly say I am capable of making all of those decisions." The case has shone a global spotlight on Saudi Arabia's strict social rules and its conservative patriarchal guardianship system, where male relatives take charge of key decisions in a woman's life.

Qunun's bid for freedom has triggered the support of some Saudi women who say they are in similar situations.

Qunun says she wants her story to become a catalyst for change for other Saudi women.




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