National Geographic’s green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’ evacuated to Italy

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Italy has evacuated Sharbat Gula, the Afghan woman who gained worldwide fame as the green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’ after her photo was published on the cover of National Geographic magazine decades ago. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

The office of Premier Mario Draghi issued a statement on Thursday, confirming that the government of Italy has evacuated Gula as part of the government’s Afghan evacuation plan.

The statement further added that the government had received requests from non-profit organizations to help Gula leave Afghanistan following the fall of the country to Taliban in August.

Gula gained worldwide fame as the green-eyed Afghan girl after her photo was published on the front cover of the National Geographic magazine.

The American photographer Steve McCurry had captured the photo of Gula at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in 1984.

In 2016, Gula was arrested by the Pakistani authorities who ordered her deportation for using a forged Pakistani identity.

She was flown back to Afghanistan in 2017 and was given an apartment by the government where she was living with her family.

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