Famous National Geographic cover’s ‘Afghan girl’ granted asylum in Italy

Sharbat Gula, known as the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” from National Geographic’s 1985 magazine cover, has found refuge in Italy amid efforts to evacuate Afghans after the Taliban took over the country three months ago, when the US pulled out of Afghanistan. Withdrew his remaining troops. ,

Italy organized the evacuation of Gula in response to requests made by non-profit organizations that are operating in Afghanistan after the following Taliban takeover in August And “Has supported Sharbat Gula in his plea to help him leave the country,” the Italian government said in a statement on Thursday.

According to the presidency of the Council of Ministers, Gula is now in the city of Rome. The Italian government will help him integrate into life in Italy, the statement said.

This woman came after getting international fame War photographer Steve McCurry photographed him What caught her piercing green eyes was when she was a young girl in a refugee camp nearly four decades ago. McCurry photographed her again in 2002.

Former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani meets Sharbat Gulla, National Geographic’s famous green-eyed “Afghan Girl” on November 9, 2016 in Kabul, Afghanistan.Rahmat Gul / AP file

The Presidency of the Council of Ministers said, “She was a symbol of the reversal of the chapter in history and the struggle that Afghanistan and its people were going through at that time.” a statement,

In 2014, Gula surfaced in Pakistan, but went into hiding when authorities accused her of buying fake Pakistani identity cards and ordered her deportation. He was taken to Kabul, where the President hosted a reception for him at Rashtrapati Bhavan and handed over the keys to a new apartment.

Italy is one of several Western countries that have driven hundreds of Afghans out of the country following the withdrawal of US military forces and the takeover of the Taliban.

Gula’s visit to Italy “is part of a comprehensive evacuation program for Afghan citizens and the government’s plan for their reception and integration,” the European nation said.

The Associated Press has contributed.