Afghanistan: Bomb Kills Father Of Roboticist Student Who Was Allowed A US Visa

Fatemah Qaderyan and her father at Herat airport before flying to the US

August 3 - A suicide bomb in a mosque in Herat killed more than 30 people, among them the father of teenager Fatemah Qaderyan who took part in a recent robotics competition in the US.

Fatemah led a team of 6 girls from Herat, Afghanistan in the international robotics event last month.
The team made international news when it was denied visas to travel to the US and when President Donald Trump intervened to allow them the entry.

During that time Fatemah made an emotional appeal for the girls' visas: "We want to take the message of peace to America and convey that Afghanistan is not only the country of war, and there are girls who chase their dreams in robots and education," she had told AFP new agency.

"We are all devastated," Fatemah's older brother, Mohammad Reza, spoke to AFP after attack.
"Fatemah hasn't eaten or spoken since the incident and is in a state of shock. Today, after she fainted several times, doctors started IV fluid therapy."


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