An Oklahoma mom of 11 flew to Qatar earlier this month to assist rescue 10 members of Afghanistan’s all-girls robotics staff, and is hoping to avoid wasting extra because the Taliban takes energy in Kabul.
Allyson Reneau, a 60-year old-Harvard graduate with a Masters diploma in worldwide relations and U.S. area coverage, took it upon herself to attempt to save members of the Afghan Women Robotic Staff, based on NBC.
She flew into Qatar on Aug. 9 after making a “Hail Mary” name to a former roommate on the U.S. Embassy there to assist get the women from the advancing Taliban, recognized for his or her oppressive remedy of girls.
Reneau had been involved with the staff — made of women ages 16 to 18 — since 2019, when she labored on the board of administrators for Discover Mars and met the women after they attended the group’s annual People to Mars convention.
The staff was hailed in Western media as the way forward for the war-ravaged nation, in addition to a shining instance of how girls’s rights had improved after the U.S. invaded following 9/11.
Reneau stated she “couldn’t shake” the sensation that the women had been in peril whereas watching the information of the advancing rebel military in early August. Step one she took was to name Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a rating member of the Armed Companies Committee, however that “lead went chilly” when the senator turned “overwhelmed with the necessity to assist our Americans,” Reneau instructed NBC.
Then, she determined to strive herself, hopping on a flight towards the Center East, however nonetheless hundreds of miles away from Afghanistan. Her pal in Qatar was fortunately in a position to assist her as soon as she arrived.
“I remembered my former roommate in D.C. a few years in the past was transferred to Qatar,” Reneau instructed NBC. “She stated she labored within the U.S. Embassy in Qatar. … She was positive her boss would approve serving to the women.”
“She wrote up a request, and I received all of their passports collectively,” Reneau stated. “She went again to the embassy at midnight and labored all night time to organize the paperwork [and] packets for the women.”
Reneau stated it was chaotic making an attempt to get the women out, who “had been in a sea of chaos with 8 million individuals and a metropolis midway all over the world,” forcing her to work on the embassy all night time.
“It’s very slim window of alternative,” she instructed NBC. “I knew that if I didn’t run by that door now — it’s now or by no means. Generally you solely get one likelihood.”
After one flight was canceled, 10 women boarded the subsequent flight from the American aspect of the Kabul airport, which has been a scene of violence and turmoil as residents try to flee the Taliban regime.
The women had been taken to a safe location within the U.S. and can pursue larger training, Reneau stated.
In keeping with NBC, Reneau continues to be working to get 25 extra women from the staff to security.
“All of the emotion, two weeks of labor for them, it hit me suddenly,” she stated.
Human rights teams had demanded earlier this week that Canada take within the women robotics staff, because the Taliban goes “door to door and actually taking women out and forcing them to grow to be little one brides.” The staff competed there in 2018.
“[The girls] are anxious about what tomorrow brings. They need to proceed to be educated. They need to proceed to be the way forward for Afghanistan, nevertheless it’s a particularly tenuous and harmful state of affairs for them,” human rights lawyer Kimberley Motley instructed the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Sunday.