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'Won't Give Up': Siblings Of Jailed Saudi Women's Rights Activist Speak Out In U.S.

It's been a year since Loujain Alhathloul was detained in Saudi Arabia for pushing for women's rights. A PEN award for her and two other Saudi activists has helped bring their plight back to light.
Lina and Walid Alhathloul, sister and brother of jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul, have had a busy schedule in the United States raising awareness about their sister's plight. Source: Deborah Amos

Saudi siblings Lina and Walid Alhathloul check their phones constantly for any mention of their sister on social media. They have already done four interviews on the day of the PEN awards and sit down for a fifth, because, they say, this is the only way to help their sister, 29-year-old jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul.

"We want to raise awareness," says Lina Alhathloul, a lawyer living in exile in Belgium.

On Tuesday, Loujain Alhathloul was honored with the 2019 PEN/Barbey Freedom.)

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