July 5, 2017

Afghan Girl Roboticists Denied US Visas (

Three anonymous readers share a similar report: An all-girl team of roboticists will watch their creations compete in a US competition via Skype after being denied visas to enter the country. President Trump recently ordered a ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries, but Afghanistan was not included on the list. Teams from Iran, Sudan and Syria — which are on the list — did manage to enter the country. The six-member team watched their ball-sorting robot compete in Washington DC via a video link from their hometown of Herat, in western Afghanistan. “We still don’t know the reason why we were not granted visas, because other countries participating in the competition have been given visas,” Fatemah Qaderyan, 14, told Reuters.

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