Gam­bia ro­bot­ics stu­dents granted U.S. visas after re­jec­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

DAKAR, Sene­gal — The men­tor for a Gam­bian stu­dent team says the five teens have been granted U.S. visas after ini­tially be­ing de­nied the chance to com­pete in a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional ro­bot­ics con­test in Wash­ing­ton. Muck­tarr Dar­boe, an ed­u­ca­tion and sci­ence min­istry di­rec­tor, said after Thurs­day’s in­ter­view at the U.S. Em­bassy the stu­dents were given visa let­ters and will pick them up Mon­day. Dar­boe said he was de­nied one be­cause the U.S. is not cur­rently grant­ing visas to Gam­bian govern­ment of­fi­cials. The team will be met by the Gam­bian Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion in Wash­ing­ton.

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