GET Stock QuotesNews18 APP
News18 English
Powered by cricketnext logo
»
1-min read

Afghan All-Girl Robotics Team That Was Denied US Entry Just Had Another Win

Six teenage girls from Afghanistan has won the biggest robotics festival in Europe -- the Entrepreneur Award at the Robotex festival in Tallinn, Estonia.

Adrija Bose | CNN-News18

Updated:November 29, 2017, 4:14 PM IST
facebookTwittergoogleskypewhatsapp
Afghan All-Girl Robotics Team That Was Denied US Entry Just Had Another Win
Photo credits: @MuhammadLila | Twitter
They have won, yet again. Six teenage girls from Afghanistan has won the biggest robotics festival in Europe-- the Entrepreneur Award at the Robotex festival in Tallinn, Estonia.

It’s a historic victory. These are the same girls who were denied entry into the US, twice, when they wanted to participate in the Global Challenge robotics competition.

It took an international outcry and intervention from President Donald Trump and other officials to allow them admission to the US.




They were able to enter the country at the last minute, finishing with a silver medal for their “courageous achievement” at the competition in Washington, D.C.

However, the US Department of State had declined to comment on why the Afghan team's visa applications were initially denied, saying that "all visa applications are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with US law." The Afghan Embassy in London congratulated the girls, who are from Herat, the third-largest city in Afghanistan.





When they were trying to enter the US competition, the girls said all that they wanted was to show the world that Afghans could also construct a hand-made robot. They were disappointed with the rejections.

"When we heard that we were rejected we lost hope," 14-year-old Sumaya Farooqi had told AP.

Farooqi and her five other team members spend six months to prepare the robot. They often worked seven days a week, constructing a robot that sorts balls, has the ability to recognise orange and blue colours, and can move objects to put them in their correct places.

"Afghanistan is a country at war and doesn't have a lot of resources at hand. Other countries should consider this, they shouldn't be so strict with us,” another team member Fatima Qadari had told Al Jazeera.
Read full article
Next Story
facebookTwittergoogleskypewhatsapp

Live TV

File is:/article-scroll-new.php