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Lawyer tells Oklahoma girl to cease taking credit score for Afghan ladies’ robotics crew rescue

A lawyer for the dad or mum group of the Afghan ladies robotics crew lately evacuated from Kabul is demanding an Oklahoma girl cease claiming that she’s liable for their rescue.

Lawyer Kim Motley, who can also be a board member for the Digital Citizen Fund, wrote in a cease-and-desist letter that Allyson Reneau, an entrepreneur and writer, was overstating her function in serving to the robotics crew escape, and that her remarks had been placing in danger efforts to evacuate extra folks from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover.

Continuingly recycling outdated photos with the Afghan Ladies Robotics Staff, lots of whom are minors, as validation that you just had something to do with their immensely demanding and harmful escape not solely impacts the protection of the women but it surely additionally considerably impacts the protection of the members of the crew who nonetheless stay in Afghanistan,” Motley wrote, in response to The Washington Put up.

“It’s extremely unlucky that you’d use such a tragically horrible state of affairs … for what seems to be your personal private acquire,” she added.

Reneau, who mentioned she first met the women whereas serving as a board member for Discover Mars, informed In the present day.com and different information shops that she flew to Qatar earlier this month and obtained assist from a pal who labored on the U.S. Embassy there.

The Oklahoma girl mentioned she labored with the embassy for 2 weeks earlier than the ten ladies from the crew, who vary in age from 16 to 18, had been flown out of Afghanistan to a safe location.

A spokesman for the Qatari International Ministry informed the Put up that Reneau had little to do with the rescue, criticizing U.S. media for portraying the lady as a “White savior.”

Reneau denied that she was misrepresenting the state of affairs, telling the Put up, “I’m above board, and for those who don’t inform the reality, then you don’t have anything else to indicate for it.” 

“The eye I’ve gotten has allowed me to assist different Afghan girls, so I don’t see any purpose for me to cease,” she added.

The members of the robotics crew are among the many tens of 1000’s of people that have been evacuated from Afghanistan in current weeks, with rising considerations over the safety threats dealing with folks nonetheless there, particularly after a suicide bomber exterior the Kabul airport killed 13 U.S. service members and at the very least 100 Afghans on Thursday.