Nat Geo’s Iconic photo girl Sharbat Gula from Afghanistan takes refuge in Italy

Nat Geo's Iconic photo girl Sharbat Gula from Afghanistan takes refuge in Italy

One of the most iconic photographs in history has her face. Sharbat Gula, the popular green-eyed Afghan beauty is in the news once again.

The Afghan woman is known for being on a National Geographic cover.

Now she has been evacuated to Italy, the Italian government informed Thursday without citing any specific reason.

“Afghan citizen Sharbat Gula has arrived in Rome,” it said in a statement.

This comes as Rome responded to pleas from non-profit organisations (NPO) working in Afghanistan to help her leave the Taliban-led Afghanistan.

This was a part of a wider evacuation programme in place for Afghan citizens.

Sharbat Gula is popular for being Afghanistan‘s most famous refugee after Steve McCurry, the famous photographer, captured her portrait in a Pakistan camp in the 1980s.

Her portrait became the front cover of the National Geographic magazine.

Sharbat Gula had first arrived in Pakistan as an orphan. It was only a few years after the Soviet invasion in 1979. But then she was deported back to Afghanistan in 2016 after being arrested for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers.

In September, Rome said that it had evacuated almost 5,000 Afghans from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.

Italy also confirmed that it has granted citizenship to Afghanistan’s first woman chief prosecutor, Maria Bashir.

Moreover, the Taliban-led Afghanistan is going through the worst phase. The economic condition, social protection floor, mental well-being of the citizens are all at stake.

The Taliban have also been demanding the West powers to refreeze their assets so as to help the war-torn country financially.

After a lot of criticism and chaos, the Taliban are partly allowing accepting women in roles outside homes. The ultras are also notorious for suppressing women’s rights.


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