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Thu Nov 25, 2021, 09:46 PM

'Afghan Girl' from 1985 National Geographic cover is evacuated to Italy at age 49

'Afghan Girl' from 1985 National Geographic cover is evacuated to Italy at age 49



"Afghan Girl" who was on the cover of National Geographic in 1985 was just evacuated to Italy.
Sharbat Gula, 49, lived anonymously for many years in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
She's in Rome as part an evacuation program for Afghan citizens, Italian government said.
The "Afghan Girl" with piercing green eyes who gained worldwide recognition after appearing on the cover of a 1985 National Geographic has fled her home country and arrived in Rome.


The Italian government said in a statement on Thursday that the move was "part of the wider evacuation programme in place for Afghan citizens" since the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan. CNN reported that she has been granted refugee status by Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

The girl, Sharbat Gula, now 49, was photographed in a Pakistani refugee camp during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1984.

At the time, Gula was roughly 12 years old, and sitting in a tent being used as a classroom. After her picture was taken, she grew up, left the refugee camp in the early 1990s, started a family, and remained largely anonymous until the American photographer who took her photo, Steve McCurry, tracked her down again in 2002.

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Reply 'Afghan Girl' from 1985 National Geographic cover is evacuated to Italy at age 49 (Original post)
Demovictory9 Nov 25 OP
Binkie The Clown Nov 25 #1
GemState Nov 25 #2
lunatica Nov 25 #3
WhiskeyGrinder Nov 25 #4
SYFROYH Nov 25 #5
Rhiannon12866 Nov 25 #6
chia Nov 25 #7
secondwind Nov 26 #8
Demovictory9 Nov 26 #10
CatWoman Nov 26 #9

Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 09:59 PM

1. I remember seeing that cover like it was yesterday. nt

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 10:11 PM

2. Afghanistan was a Cross Roads on

the ancient Silk Road and you can see it in the faces of its people.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 10:13 PM

3. It's good to know she is safe.

I remember when the photographer tracked her down. She was a wife and mother and beautiful, with the same intense eyes. Everyone remembers those eyes on the cover of the National Geographic!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 10:23 PM

4. That photo was violence.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 10:35 PM

5. Yeah, it's not the pic I thought it was.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.thewire.in/article/media/afghan-girl-steve-mccurry-national-geographic/amp

For readers in the West, it was a symbol of Afghanistan – still an anonymous, distant location – or else of refugees in crisis. Yet the story inside the magazine said not a word about Sharbat Gula. Her photo was captioned, “Haunted eyes tell of an Afghan refugee’s fears”, but as Northrup reveals, the fear in those eyes was most likely the fear of Steve McCurry.

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Response to SYFROYH (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 10:57 PM

6. Thanks for posting this, little did we know...

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Response to SYFROYH (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 11:54 PM

7. I've never forgotten that photo and didn't know the backstory until now. Thank you for the education

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Response to SYFROYH (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 26, 2021, 01:25 AM

8. This upset me. I will never see this photo the same way again.


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Response to SYFROYH (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 26, 2021, 02:38 AM

10. yikes. first time i've heard the story.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Fri Nov 26, 2021, 01:27 AM

9. ....

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