Woman In Iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ Photo Goes From Nat Geo Cover To Police Mugshot
You may remember the haunting picture of an Afghan girl with startling green eyes on the cover of National Geographic about 30 years ago. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to her, this article will satisfy your curiosity.
Three decades ago a photographer took a picture of a young Afghan girl with piercing green eyes in a refugee camp. The iconic picture was used on the cover of National Geographic magazine and the “Afghan girl” became the face of the Afghan war. Sharbat Gula is the “Afghan girl”. The picture was taken after she fled the war in Afghanistan when she was 12 years old.
But now Gula will be forced to return to Afghanistan after a Pakistani court ordered her to be deported. The illiterate mother-of-four had been living in Pakistan with fraudulent identity documents. Gula and her four children will be taken back to Afghanistan where they face an uncertain future.
Mubashar Nazar, Sharbat’s lawyer told AFP that she has already spent eleven days in prison, which means she could be released as early as Monday:
“We had requested the court to release her on humanitarian grounds.”
An Afghan consulate official says that the fine imposed on her at the Peshawar court has already been paid and confirms she would be freed Monday:
“We… will take her to Afghanistan in an honourable way on Monday.”