Sharbat Gula, green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’ on National Geographic cover, gets safe haven in Italy | World News

Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” whose 1985 photograph in National Geographic grew to become a logo of Afghanistan’s wars, has been given safe haven by Italy after fleeing the Taliban, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office has stated.

According to the assertion, the federal government intervened after Sharbat Gula requested for assist to go away Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the nation in August, including that her arrival was a part of a broader programme to evacuate and combine Afghan residents.

The Italian authorities will now assist to get her built-in into life in Italy, the assertion additionally stated. According to the Daily Mail, Gula is affected by hepatitis C and informed the media her husband died a number of years in the past. 

US photographer Steve McCurry took the image of Gula, now a widowed mother-of-four, when she was 12-years-old and residing in a refugee camp on the Pakistan-Afghan border.

Sharbat Gula grew to become the face of the Afghan struggle after her piercing inexperienced eyes have been captured in the long-lasting {photograph} however her identification was solely found in 2002 when McCurry returned to the area and tracked her down.

National Geographic stated on the time that an FBI analyst, forensic sculptor and the inventor of iris recognition verified her identification.

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She was arrested in 2016 for forging a nationwide identification card in an effort to reside in the nation and a Pakistani court docket in Peshawar ordered her to be deported again to Afghanistan. Gula, now in her 40s, was additionally sentenced to fifteen days in jail and a 110,000 Pakistani rupee high quality. 

Ashraf Ghani, the then Afghan president, welcomed her again and promised to present her an residence to make sure she “lives with dignity and security in her homeland”.

“As a child, she captured the hearts of millions because she was the symbol of displacement,” Ghani stated of Gula on the time. 

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“The enormous beauty, the enormous energy that she projected from her face captured hearts and became one of the most famous photographs of the 1980s and up until the 1990s,” Ghani added. 

Since seizing energy, Taliban leaders have stated they might respect girls’s rights in accordance with Sharia, or Islamic legislation. But underneath Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, girls couldn’t work and ladies have been banned from faculty. Women needed to cover their faces and be accompanied by a male family member once they left residence.

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