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Posted On: 19 August 2021 09:10 pm
Updated On: 19 August 2021 09:52 pm

Afghanistan’s all-girls robotics team flee the country; arrive in Qatar

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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As per a report by the New York Times, some members of an Afghan girls’ robotics team have arrived in Qatar and the group joins a growing number of people fleeing the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

New York Times has reported that members of the team left Kabul on a commercial flight on 17 August 2021, and will remain in Qatar to continue their education, according to a statement on Wednesday by the team’s founder, the Afghan tech entrepreneur Roya Mahboob.

In 2017 six members of the team were initially denied visas to travel to the United States for a robotics competition. They were later allowed after a public outcry, a congressional petition, and intervention by President Donald J. Trump. The report said that they traveled back and forth between Afghanistan and competitions in North America and Europe for several months until their visas expired, amassing trophies and social media followers.

Source and cover image credit: New York Times