The green-eyed Afghan girl, famous for her photo from National Geographic, has arrived in Italy, the Roman government has announced.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office said Italy had organized the evacuation of Sarbat Gula after the Taliban took help to leave Afghanistan after taking power.
His former photograph symbolizes the vicissitudes and conflicts in the chapter of history that Afghanistan and the Afghan people experienced at the time.
Emphasizes the Rome Communication.
In December 1984, Steve McCurry of the then 12-year-old dazzling green-eyed girl made a cover of National Geographic magazine in a refugee camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Gula’s family fled to Pakistan in 1979 along with thousands of other Afghan families when Soviet troops occupied Afghanistan.
The American photographer did not know the girl’s name, and despite traveling back to the area several times, he was unable to track him down. 17 years later, in 2002, he found it in Peshawar. The woman then took off her cover with her husband’s permission so McCurry could take another portrait of her.
In 2016, the woman was accused by Pakistani authorities of entering the country with false documents and therefore ordered her deportation. He was transported to Kabul, where Afghan head of state Asraf Gani received a reception in his honor at the presidential palace and also received a new apartment. The August however, after the Taliban took power in Kabul, not only the goods he gained from the previous regime but his life were in danger.
Along with several Western countries, Italy was involved in the evacuation of intimidated Afghans. Gula’s request was organized by the Roman leadership as part of the evacuation program.
(via Wanted in Rome)