Green Eyed Afghan Girl From Iconic National Geographic Cover Arrested In Pakistan

The Afghan Girl with beautiful and piercing green eyes, whose photograph was taken as a young refugee for the iconic cover of National Geographic in 1985 got arrested on Wednesday in Pakistan. The charge was issued against her for living in the country by having the fake identity papers.

The Afghan Girl Sharbat Gula

Sharbat Gula was 12 years old when her photograph was taken by Steve McCurry in a refugee camp in Pakistan in December 1984. The photo of this girl drew attention to the Afghan refugees who fled to Pakistan in 1980’s. Her photo was selected for the iconic cover of National Geographic magazine in the history. The lingering photo of Gula became an international symbol of refugees. This makes her one of the most perceptible non-celebrity faces of the 20th century. In her photo, her green eyes are portraying many things!

McCurry meet this girl again in 2002. She took her picture after so many years to see how much she had changed over the consequent years.

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Afghan Girl From Iconic National Geographic Cover Arrested In Pakistan

Shahid Ilyas, the assistant director of the Federal Investigation Authority said that the woman Sharbat Gula was arrested in the northwestern city of Peshawar in her residence. The investigation was started a year ago and now she has arrested.

“We raided the house and picked her up,” he said. “It took us a while to collect all the evidence against her, and the officials involved in helping her and her two sons get Pakistani national identity cards.”

He added, “We have the evidence now, and we are going to go for prosecution.”

Well, This woman obtained an illegal Pakistani identity card in 1988 and a computerized one in 2014. After this act, Gula will face 14 years in prison and if she convicted, a fine of $3,000 to $5,000 will be charged.

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McCurry, The Photographer Feelings About This Incident

McMurry, the photographer who made Gula’s face famous worldwide, wrote on Facebook about this girl. He said that he is “committed to doing anything and everything possible to provide legal and financial support for her and her family.”

“I object to this action by the authorities in the strongest possible terms,” he wrote. “She has suffered throughout her entire life, and her arrest is an egregious violation of her human rights.”

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