DOHA: A member of Afghanistan’s all-female robotics workforce who has been flown to security hopes the world won’t neglect her nation as the USA and its allies rush to finish evacuations of their nationals and weak Afghans.
Ayda Haydarpour, 17, is one among 9 members of the workforce whose robots have gained worldwide awards now within the Qatari capital Doha. Different workforce members went to Mexico, whereas some remained in Afghanistan.
“I need to say by no means go away the folks of Afghanistan alone. Help them and assist them. They’ve lot of desires. They’ve lot of objectives,” the aspiring software program engineer advised Reuters.
1000’s of Afghans have fled because the collapse of the United States-backed authorities and takeover of the capital Kabul by the Taliban on Aug 15, fearing reprisals and repression by the Islamist militants, particularly in opposition to girls.
“We left all the pieces in Afghanistan. We had desires. We left our households. We left our associates. We left all of our kinfolk and with out saying any goodbye to them,” Haydarpour mentioned.
The robotics workforce members, some as younger as 14, have been born within the years after the Taliban’s 1996-2001 rule when girls have been banned from learning or working. The group now says it would respect girls’s rights beneath Islam, however the proclamations have been met with doubt.
Haydarpour mentioned her workforce, which captivated world media consideration in 2017 once they took half within the Worldwide Robotics Olympics in the USA, proved the potential that Afghan women have.
“You need to consider that and assist help the people who find themselves nonetheless in Afghanistan,” she mentioned.
Though their future is now unsure, the robotics workforce will proceed their schooling outdoors Afghanistan and is getting ready for a web based robotics competitors subsequent month.
“We left Afghanistan for our schooling and in the future we are going to come again and we are going to serve our folks and our nation,” workforce member Somaya Faruqi, 18, mentioned.