Italy offers protected haven to green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’ from 1985 journal cowl

Source: Reuters |Updated: Nov 26, 2021, 07:40 AM IST

Italy has given protected haven to Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” whose 1985 picture in National Geographic turned a logo of her nation’s wars, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office mentioned on Thursday.

The government intervened after Gula requested for assist to depart Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the nation in August, an announcement mentioned, including that her arrival was a part of a broader programme to evacuate and combine Afghan residents.

US photographer Steve McCurry took the image of Gula when she was a teenager, residing in a refugee camp on the Pakistan-Afghan border.

Her startling inexperienced eyes, peering out from a headband with a mix of ferocity and ache, made her know internationally however her id was solely found in 2002 when McCurry returned to the area and tracked her down.

An FBI analyst, forensic sculptor and the inventor of iris recognition all verified her id, National Geographic mentioned on the time.

In 2016, Pakistan arrested Gula for forging a nationwide id card in an effort to reside within the nation.

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

Since seizing energy, Taliban leaders have mentioned they’d respect girls’s rights in accordance with sharia, or Islamic regulation. But below Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, girls couldn’t work and ladies had been banned from faculty. Women needed to cowl their faces and be accompanied by a male family member when they left dwelling.

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