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Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team is building emergency ventilators out of car parts

18 May 2020

The Afghan Dreamers—who became famous when they were denied a visa to come to a robotics competition in the U.S. in 2017—are now hard at work helping their country prepare for COVID-19.

Even though Herat, Afghanistan, is on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Nahid Rahimi’s days during the pandemic have started with a drive to a mechanic’s workshop. Nahid, 17, is on Afghanistan’s all-girls robotics team, named the Afghan Dreamers; her teammate Somaya Farqui’s father drives the girls, all between 14 and 17 years old, through the shuttered city to their technical adviser’s space, where they’re building ventilators from used car parts.

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