Afghan girls, who were twice denied US visas, win entrepreneurship challenge in Europe
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 30, 2017 3:40 pm The development comes nearly four months after they clinched a silver medal for “courageous achievement” at the First Global Challenge competition in the US.
The Afghanistan robotics team, comprising of six girls from Herat region, Thursday added another feather in their cap after they won the entrepreneur challenge in the biggest Robotics Festival in Estonia. The development comes nearly four months after they clinched a silver medal for “courageous achievement” at the First Global Challenge competition in the US.
Theirs was the same team that was denied visas twice in the United States of America, which raised an international debate over Donald Trump’s hardening stance on border security. Eventually, Trump had intervened to sidestep the decision. Even though Afghanistan is not included in Trump’s travel ban on Muslim-dominated nations, critics said that the denial of visa to Afghanistan girls is a result of his policies.
The Afghanistan Embassy in London congratulated the team on their victory.
Congratulations to our Afghan Girls Robotics Team for winning the entrepreneur challenge in the biggest Robotics Festival in Europe in Estonia. #ProudAfghans#Robotex17#AfgDigitalpic.twitter.com/nIM6GudIul— AfghanEmbassyLondon (@Afghan_Emb_LON) November 26, 2017
Back in July, the girls, who had travelled around 500 miles over Taliban-controlled territory to US embassy in Kabul, were honoured for displaying “a can-do attitude throughout the challenge, even under difficult circumstances, or when things do not go as planned.” In a press statement, US state department official Dina Powell described the girls as the “future leaders of Afghanistan”.
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