Afghan girls allowed entry into United States for 10 days

Afghan girls allowed entry into United States for 10 days

Afghan girls allowed entry into United States for 10 days

The six girls on the team will travel to the U.S. for next week's FIRST Global Challenge, an worldwide robotics competition in Washington that will be attended by teams from more than 150 countries.

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While Afghanistan wasn't on the list of six Muslim-majority countries that face a temporary ban from the United States, teams from three of those countries - Syria, Iran and Sudan - were granted visas to compete. holding the FIRST Global Challange "Robot Building competition", a robotics competition and an opportunity for high school students worldwide to develop their skill in robot making.

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The group, which consists of six Afghan teenage girls, applied - and was denied - twice for visas by the U.S. At the time, the State Department declined to comment on why the visa were denied, saying "all visa applications are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with U.S. law". Farooqi and her teammates worked seven days a week, for six months, to build their robot, and twice made the risky 500-mile trip from Herat to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

"When we heard that we were rejected we lost hope", 14-year-old Sumaya Farooqi told the Associated Press earlier this week.

FIRST Global president, former U.S. Navy Admiral and Congressman Joe Sestak said in a statement that he was pleased that the team will be allowed to participate.

As a result, all 163 teams from 157 countries are able to participate in the event being held on July 16 in Washington DC. "We applied again for the USA visa and we were rejected again".

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After six months of hard work - often working seven days a week on the project - they constructed a ball sorting robot that can move objects to their correct places.

First Global aims to promote Stem subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

While many critics believed anti-Muslim sentiments buoyed by Trump policies were to blame, the exact reasons for the team being denied are unclear. Teams from Syria, Iran and Sudan - countries that are part of the order - were granted visas.

"We want to develop and explore our minds and creativity and maybe unveil the genius inside of each one of us", the Afghan girls team wrote on its official page.

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