Women in Kansas react to driving ban lift in Saudi Arabia
October 13, 2017
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Shahad Alfadeel learned how to drive around the same time most American teens do — at 16.
But Alfadeel isn't your typical American teen. She's a Saudi citizen who has spent the last five years living in Lawrence while her parents worked toward doctoral degrees at the University of Kansas.
Alfadeel, now 17, knew having a driver's license (she's still waiting for her dad to save up for a car before she makes it official) would make life easier in Lawrence. She just never expected to be able to drive back home in Saudi Arabia.
Not in her lifetime, anyway.