Some members of an Afghan women’ robotics crew that captured international attention have arrived in Qatar, the group says, becoming a member of a rising variety of folks fleeing the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

Members of the crew left Kabul on a business flight on Tuesday and can stay in Qatar to proceed their schooling, in line with an announcement on Wednesday by the crew’s founder, the Afghan tech entrepreneur Roya Mahboob.

Different women on the robotics crew, Afghanistan’s first, deliberate to stay within the nation, the place Ms. Mahboob acknowledged that they face a worrying future beneath the Taliban. The hard-line Islamist motion barred women from attending college when it final dominated Afghanistan, from 1996 to 2001, and though its leaders say they may permit better freedoms, many Afghans are skeptical.

“The Taliban have promised to permit women to be educated to no matter extent allowed by Shariah legislation,” Ms. Mahboob stated. “We must wait and see to what which means.”

“Clearly, we hope that ladies and women will likely be allowed to purse desires and alternatives beneath the Taliban,” she stated, “as a result of that’s what is greatest for Afghanistan and actually the world.”

Members of the crew left their hometown, Herat, in western Afghanistan, because the Taliban seized territory throughout the nation final week. They had been scheduled to fly out of Kabul on Monday, however amid chaos on the airport, together with Afghans crowding the runway and even clambering onto the fuselage of departing planes, their flight and others had been canceled.

The crew won hearts worldwide in 2017, when six members had been denied visas to journey to the USA for a robotics competitors, solely to be allowed in ultimately after a public outcry, a congressional petition and intervention by President Donald J. Trump.

They traveled forwards and backwards between Afghanistan and competitions in North America and Europe for a number of months till their visas expired, amassing trophies and social media followers.

In 2019, when the Taliban and the USA had been working to barter a peace settlement, one of many crew members, Kawsar Roshan, told The New York Times {that a} future during which the Taliban denied her an schooling “could be unbelievable for me.”