Oklahoma mom of 11 rescues members of Afghan all-girls robotics team

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Oklahoma mother Allyson Reneau flew to Afghanistan earlier this month to rescue ten members of the country's all-girls robotics team and hoping to save more as the Taliban takes power in Kabul…
An Oklahoma mother of 11 flew to Afghanistan earlier this month to rescue 10 members of the country's all-girls robotics team, and hoping to save more as the Taliban takes power in Kabul.

Allyson Reneau, a 60-year old Harvard graduate with a Masters degree in international relations and US space policy, took it upon herself to try and save members of the Afghan Girls Robotic Team, according to NBC.

She flew into Qatar on Aug. 9 after making a "Hail Mary" call to a former roommate at the US Embassy there to help get the girls from the advancing Taliban, known for their oppressive treatment of women.

Reneau had been in contact with the team — made of girls ages 16 to 18 — since 2019 when she worked on the board of directors for Explore Mars and met the girls when they attended the organization's annual Humans to Mars conference.

The team was hailed in Western media as the future of the war-ravaged country, as well as a shining example of how women's rights had improved after the US invaded following 9/11.

She said she "couldn't shake" the feeling that the girls were in danger while watching the news of the advancing insurgent army in early August. The first step she took was to call Sen. Jim Inhofe [R-Okla.], a…
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