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Afghan robot-building girls desperately trying to leave Afghanistan

Afghan Dreamers is a development team of girls aged 12-18 who want to learn robotics. However, due to the Taliban occupation, their lives may be in danger in Afghanistan.

Canada’s CBC News reports that the Afghan development team, whose members were last in the international news in May 2020, was desperately trying to leave Afghanistan by building a ventilator for coronavirus patients using car parts.

Afghan Dreamers, a team that designs and builds robots, consists of girls aged 12 to 18. Human rights lawyer Kimberley Motley told CBC that the girls still want to learn, they envision their future in Afghanistan, but they are afraid and do not know what tomorrow will bring. Motley wants the Canadian government to help them get out of the country and give them refugee status.

The 20-member team has often been featured in western media, where they have been portrayed as the future of Afghanistan. It has served as a good example of the significant change in women’s equality in the country since the arrival of the U.S. military. But with the withdrawal of the United States and the Taliban takeover, the country’s future has been called into question.

According to Motley, the Taliban literally go door to door and force young girls to marry. The lawyer fears that members of the development team will suffer the same fate.

The girls have been to Canada before and won the robotics competition there. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally congratulated them in 2018, so Motley said they would definitely be safe in the country.

Where afghan dreamers are currently, it’s unclear. A BBC journalist wrote on Twitter that they had been seen at Kabul airport.

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