New Delhi: Sharbat Gula, the ‘girl with green eyes’ who turned the face of the Afghan warfare after a Nationwide Geographic cowl immortalised her in 1985, has been given protected haven in Italy after she fled the Taliban, worldwide media reported.
When US photographer Steve McCurry captured her portrait, she was solely 12, dwelling in a refugee camp in Pakistan.
“Afghan citizen Sharbat Gula has arrived in Rome,” the Italian authorities mentioned in a press release on Thursday, the media studies mentioned.
The assertion issued by Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s workplace didn’t specify when she arrived within the nation.
In September, Italy had mentioned it evacuated practically 5,000 Afghans from the trouble-torn nation after the Taliban took management in August.
In line with the studies, Rome responded to requests from non-profit organisations in Afghanistan to assist her depart the nation now underneath Taliban management, and organised for her to reach in Italy “as a part of the broader evacuation programme in place for Afghan residents”.
Italy was among the five countries, along with Germany, Britain and Turkey, which were most involved with the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan for almost two decades.
Earlier this month, Rome said it had granted citizenship to Maria Bashir, Afghanistan’s first woman chief prosecutor, who landed there on September 9.
Who Is Sharbat Gula?
The photograph of the Afghan lady with piercing inexperienced eyes, peering out from a headband, had made her a identified face internationally, but it surely was not earlier than 2002 that the world knew her title.
McCurry, the photographer, had efficiently tracked her down in a distant Afghan village after a 17-year search. She was a mom of three then, and married to an area baker.
Nationwide Geographic then printed one other version with Sharbat Gula on the duvet, this time together with her full identification verified by an FBI analyst, a forensic sculptor and the inventor of iris recognition.
Quoting Gula, an AFP report mentioned she first arrived in Pakistan as an orphan, round 4 years after the 1979 Soviet invasion.
Whereas McCurry discovered her in Afghanistan in 2002, Gula resurfaced in Pakistan later.
In 2016, Pakistan despatched her again to Afghanistan after she was caught dwelling on faux identification paperwork and arrested. Gula was a widowed mom of 4 by then.
Welcoming her again, then Afghan president Ashraf Ghani had promised to offer her a home to make sure she “lives with dignity and security in her homeland”, a Reuters report mentioned.
“As a child, she captured the hearts of millions because she was the symbol of displacement,” Ghani mentioned about Gulla on the time, in response to a report in Dailymail.