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Update – After Visa Denials, Afghan Girls Can Attend Robotics Contest in U.S.

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After Visa Denials, Afghan Girls Can Attend Robotics Contest in U.S. – The New York Times.

A group of six girls from western Afghanistan will be able to attend an international robotics competition for which they had spent months preparing after the United States this week reversed a decision to deny them entry to the country.

The team, from Herat, the third-largest city in Afghanistan, is expected to lead a procession of teams from 157 countries into Constitution Hall in Washington on Sunday night, according to the event organizers.

The girls, who are ages 14 to 16, had twice been denied visas, according to Joe Sestak, the former Pennsylvania congressman and Navy admiral who now is president of First Global, the nonprofit organizing the event.

Read more and see our previous post. You can watch the event live this week.


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