Members of the Afghan all-girls robotics team work with their robot in the practice area between 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions in Washington, DC.
An all-girls robotics team in Afghanistan is frantically trying to escape the country in the wake of the Taliban seizing control.
"These girls are extremely terrified," New York-based international human rights lawyer Kimberley Motley told the Canadian Broadcast News on Sunday. The girls on the team want to come to Canada to complete their education, and Motley is trying to help them.
"They're in Herat, where now in the universities, they're turning girls away," Motley said. "They're telling girls, 'Don't come back to the university.' Women are showing up for work and are being turned away. They're seeing this and watching tearfully as their city is crumbling."
The Taliban captured the girls' hometown of Herat, Afghanistan's third largest city and a strategic provincial capital, as fighters approached the capital of Kabul. Taliban fighters took control of Kabul Sunday, all but officially sealing their takeover of the whole country. This NBC video shows members of the militant group rushing past Herat's historic blue mosque toward government buildings.