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Afghan Girls Robotics Team Listed Among The 30 Under 30 List of ‘Forbes Magazine’

The school girls created ventilators amid the Coronavirus outbreak in Herat.

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Omid Sobhani
Omid Sobhani
Omid Sobhani is a senior journalist at Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Transcontinental Times.

AFGHANISTAN. Herat. The Forbes magazine listed the Afghan Girls Robotics Team among its list of 30 scientists and inventors under age 30 in Asia. The girls are the youngest members of Forbes magazine in Asia.

Forbes named all the girls of the team—Somaya Faruqi, Ayda Hayderpoor, Elham Mansoori, Florance Pouya, and Diana Wahabzada that age between 15 and 19.

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The Afghan Girls Robotic team created ventilators out of unused Toyota car parts when Afghanistan was suffering from the lack of ventilators in Herat, where the first cases of Coronavirus were recorded in February 2020. The Afghanistan Health Ministry examined the ventilators and said it will use them in the hospitals.

“Five teenage girls were developing a low-cost, lightweight ventilator to help treat patients diagnosed with Covid-19 in Afghanistan. After final testing, its release is expected to offset a shortage of ventilators in the country,” Forbes stated.

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Somaya Faruqi, the team’s captain who was also listed among the BBC 100 Influential women in 2020, told the Afghan Etilaatroz newspaper that the team is working on a mine-cleaning robot and will complete its work in less than a month.

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She said the Afghan Girls Robotics team tries to create a positive image of Afghanistan and women in the world, and that the robots increase the girls’ interest in robotic knowledge.

The All-Girls Robotics team was founded in Herat by the New York-based nonprofit Digital Citizen Fund. Since then, they have participated in international completions and brought awards to Afghanistan.

The Digital Citizen Fund said the Afghan Girls Robotics team showed that if we believe in the abilities of girls and women, they can do extraordinary things.

The Girls were caught in media after they won the silver award of the World Competitions in Washington in 2017. Since then, they have attended several other international competitions. They are also among the 20 honorees on this year’s 30 Under 30 Asia list who are 21 or younger proving that you’re never too young to make a difference.


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