“Afghan girl” on 1985 cover of National Geographic evacuated to Italy

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Internationally known as the “Afghan Girl” after appearing on the cover of National Geographic in 1985, sherbet gula has arrived in Rome, the office of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. said on thursday,

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Running news: Gula, who was featured in National Geographic when she was 12, was evicted in August after appealing for help to leave the country following the Taliban takeover, Draghi’s office said.

American photographer Steve McCurry stands next to his photograph “Afghan Girl” at an exhibition in Hamburg, Germany in 2013. Photo: Ulrich Perry / AFP via Getty Images
  • Steve McCurry photographed Gula at a refugee camp on the Pakistan-Afghan border, but was not identified until a US photographer traveled back to the area to track him down in 2002. National Geographic,

What are they saying: Draghi’s office said in a statement, Gula’s picture “symbolizes the reversal of the chapter in history and the conflict that Afghanistan and its people were going through at the time.”

  • The company organized their evacuation “as part of a comprehensive evacuation program for Afghan citizens and the government’s plan for their reception and integration”.

big picture: Ever since the Taliban declared victory in Afghanistan, Afghan women and girls have faced an uncertain future, with many fearing a total loss of hard-won rights to education, employment and other freedoms.


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