Kabul: Six female students from war-torn Afghanistan who had hoped to participate in an international robotics competition in the United States this month will have to watch via video link after their visas were denied not once, but twice.
The girls wanted to show the world that Afghans can also construct a hand-made robot, but out of 162 teams participating, the Afghan team was the only one to be denied visas.
Fourteen-year-old Sumaya Farooqi says when they were first rejected after having made the 800-kilometer (500-mile) journey to the US.
US embassy in Kabul said they "applied again for the U.S. visa and we were rejected again."
The US State Department declined to comment on why the girls' visa applications were denied, citing a provision that prohibits discussing individual cases.
Updated Date: Jul 10, 2017 12:43 PM