A robotics competition team of Afghan girls won’t be able to watch their creation compete in person.

They were recently denied one-week visas to the United States to come to Washington, D.C., for the First Global Challenge, a new robotics competition that focuses on providing clean water.

The team twice traveled the roughly 500-mile distance to the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, for visa interviews, but officials denied them.

“I wanted this to happen badly, I really did,” said First Global President Joe Sestak, a former Navy admiral and former member of Congress. “These girls are courageous.” Read more…

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