-- In so many ways, Nageen Mustafa is like any other 16-year-old -- she loves reality TV, has big dreams and is fearless. But she has a tenacity and determination that instantly sets her apart.
She described her harrowing journey as “funny,” because, she said in English, it was “the first time I see the sea.”
It was “beautiful” she told ABC News with a smile, “when you’re not in it.”
She is honest about the dangers she has been through, saying frankly that she “didn’t realize I was putting my life in danger,” but views her experiences with an astounding positivity.
“I’ve tried many things for the first time during these 20 days. A train, a ship, and a lot of other things. The most important thing is that it’s my first time in Europe,” she said, exclaiming “a journey across Europe!”
Her English is impeccable for a teenager who has never seen the inside of a classroom and who spent most of her childhood indoors, in a culture where she told us she was shunned for her disability.
How did she learn to speak English so well? “At home with my favorite TV show, 'Days of Our Lives,'” she said, beaming. "I watched it for two years.”
“I was waking up at 8 a.m. some days to watch it. That’s a great show," she said. "But they killed the main character that I loved!”
She’s learned much of the world from watching TV and she now has an impressive to do-list, as she dreams of her big future.
But her future is rife with uncertainty. When we spoke with Nageen on Wednesday, she had just arrived at the Serbian-Hungarian border to find the route closed and her plans suddenly halted.
“That’s enough! We don’t need more suffering and struggling so please open the door,” she said. “Please, I need to get to Hungary.”
Just hours later, violence erupted on the border as refugees broke down the gate and tried to force their way into Hungary.
She does not know what she will do now, but it’s clear she has lived up to her name. “Nageen” means “new life.”