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USA: Afghan girls robotics team granted last minute visas to compete in tournament02:45

USA: Afghan girls robotics team granted last minute visas to compete in tournament

United States, Washington DC
July 17, 2017 at 03:58 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Afghan all-girl robotics team led the parade at the opening ceremony of the world's first international robotic competition that kicked off in Washington DC on Sunday, after being twice been denied US visas by the State Department.

The team arrived in Washington on Saturday, after media attention prompted US President Donald Trump to intervene at the last minute granting the girls entry via "parole" meaning they can stay in the country for 10 days.

The team of girls will compete in the three day Global Challenge against more than 150 countries. They plan to present a robot that can recognise balls of different colours and sort them into the correct location.

Co-founder of The Digital Citizen Fund Roya Mahboob, who accompanied the team, stated that social media was largely to thank for Trump's intervention. Sixteen year old team member Nuri said that she was glad to be able to represent her country and show that "Afghan women can make robots too."

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The Afghan all-girl robotics team led the parade at the opening ceremony of the world's first international robotic competition that kicked off in Washington DC on Sunday, after being twice been denied US visas by the State Department.

The team arrived in Washington on Saturday, after media attention prompted US President Donald Trump to intervene at the last minute granting the girls entry via "parole" meaning they can stay in the country for 10 days.

The team of girls will compete in the three day Global Challenge against more than 150 countries. They plan to present a robot that can recognise balls of different colours and sort them into the correct location.

Co-founder of The Digital Citizen Fund Roya Mahboob, who accompanied the team, stated that social media was largely to thank for Trump's intervention. Sixteen year old team member Nuri said that she was glad to be able to represent her country and show that "Afghan women can make robots too."

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