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Woman Known as “The Afghan Girl” Finds Refuge in Italy

Sharbat GulaSharbat Gula, once known only as “The Afghan Girl” after her portrait was taken by a National Geographic photographer, has escaped Afghanistan and is now in Italy. Credit: Steve McCurry/Fair use

The woman once known around the world as “The Afghan Girl,” who was on the cover of  National Geographic Magazine back in 1985, has now reached Italy and is staying there in safety after fearing for her life after the Taliban takeover of her country.

Sharbat Gula, whose arresting image taken when she was only ten years of age rocked the world three decades ago, served as the tragic face of her embattled country for many years.

At the time not even feeling free enough to give her first name to the man who took her picture, Gula was known only as “The Afghan Girl” for decades, until photographer Steve McCurry searched for her, miraculously finding her in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2002.

Afghan womanSharbat Gula, who was the face behind the iconic 1985 National Geographic photo. has now found safe refuge in Italy. Credit: Steve McCurry/Fair use

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