Mexico received five Afghan members of an internationally awarded robotics team and announced that it expects a group of citizens to evacuate from Afghanistan.

Mexico received five Afghan members of an internationally awarded robotics team and announced that it expects this Wednesday a large group of more citizens evacuated from Afghanistan after the Taliban seize power.

The young Fatemah Qaderyan, Lida Azizi, Kawsar Roshan, Maryam Roshan, and Saghar Salehi were received on Tuesday at the Mexico City airport by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

Foreign Ministry authorities did not directly identify them for security reasons. Four of them were at a press conference, their hair partially covered by a veil and sanitary mask.

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“They not only saved our lives but also our dreams, which we seek to come true (…). Our story will not end sad for the Taliban,” said one of the young women through a translator.

The girl said that the female robotics team showed that women are also capable of doing science.

“Now that the Taliban have taken power, this is no longer in our favor (…) In this regime we girls have difficulties (…) that is why we are grateful to be here,” he added.

Women, the Foreign Ministry detailed, will be able to access a humanitarian visa for up to 180 days with the right to renewal or they will be able to choose the status they prefer. The partner of one of them was also given shelter.

“The protection of values ​​has made us commit ourselves so that they are in Mexico (…) We want to tell them with all our heart: they are at home,” said Ebrard.

The Foreign Ministry reported that in the early hours of this Wednesday the arrival of a large group of Afghans is expected, without specifying the number.

– “Afghan Dreamers” –

The refuge was granted thanks to the intervention of a civil organization, the flights were paid for with donations and an unidentified Mexican institution for security reasons, and the young women will be given free lodging and food.

The girls, who are known as “Afghan Dreamers”, won a special award at the 2017 robotics world championships and recently created a novel respirator for COVID-19 patients from old car parts.

This robotics team from Afghanistan is made up of about 20 women, most of them teenagers. According to press reports, other members have managed to leave their country in the last week.

Mexico announced days ago that it was processing refugee applications from Afghans, especially women and girls after the Taliban arrived in Kabul after the withdrawal of US troops.

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There is fear of a return to the brutality that marked the regime that ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001 and forced women to remain confined to their homes.

Mexico has a long tradition of granting refuge and has hosted personalities such as the Russian revolutionary León Trotski and politically persecuted from Spain and South American countries.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said Tuesday that the way the Taliban treat women, especially regarding their right to education, will represent a “red line” for the organization.

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