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Steve McCurry’s Afghan Woman given sanctuary in Italy following Taliban takeover


The green-eyed ‘Afghan Woman’ made world-famous by Steve McCurry’s 1985 Nationwide Geographic journal cowl has arrived in Italy after the Italian Prime Minister answered her name for assist in leaving Afghanistan following the takeover of the Taliban in August.

Sharbat Gula was a 12-year-old refugee when McCurry photographed her in 1984 on the Peshawar refugee camp. The remainder, as they are saying, is historical past. Her haunting eyes captivated the world when Nationwide Geographic ran the picture on their entrance cowl.

“She went on to represent the vicissitudes and battle of the chapter in historical past that Afghanistan and its folks have been going via on the time,” the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers mentioned in an announcement.

Gula’s identification wasn’t identified for almost 20 years till McCurry got down to discover the now grown-up girl and {photograph} her once more. He ultimately discovered her dwelling in Pakistan the place she remained till 2016 when she was deported again to Kabul for acquiring faux ID paperwork.

Additional controversy surrounds the circumstances of the unique {photograph} with speak of McCurry having requested the lady to take away her face and head coverings and pose for the picture for which she felt terrified. It’s humbling to listen to of the hardships and losses Gula has endured all through her life. She married at age 13 and had 5 youngsters, shedding one in infancy. She then misplaced her husband and daughter to hepatitis C and was left to look after her daughter’s 2-month-old baby.

The Italian authorities responded to requests by non-profit organizations working in Afghanistan for Gula to be flown to security. It organized her journey to Italy “as a part of the broader evacuation program in place for Afghan residents and the federal government’s plan for his or her reception and integration.”

Hopefully, now Gula will have the ability to assimilate into Europe and be free to stay the rest of her life with out concern.

[Via NBC News]



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