Sherbat Gula, whose gruesome picture was published by the magazine more than three decades ago, moved to Rome after the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
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The Italian government said on Thursday that the sherbet throat, which became an international symbol of war-torn Afghanistan after its picture appeared in a refugee camp on the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1985, was about to fall to the Taliban in their country. Was later expelled from Rome.
The Italian government said in a statement that since the United States withdrew from Afghanistan in August, nonprofits had called for help in removing Ms. Gula.
The statement said that the Prime Minister’s Office had arranged for her transfer to Italy. She did not say when she arrived, and the State Department later said it was not known if she would stay in Italy or go elsewhere.
Ms. Gula, now in her late 40s and mother of several children, was thought to be 12 years old when Steve McCerry shot a green man in 1984 in a Pakistani refugee camp. The one with the eyes stared and took a picture of him. He did not learn her name until 2002, when he found her in the mountains of Afghanistan and managed to verify her identity.
A 2002 National Geographic article described Mr McKerry’s search for an adult lady: “Time and adversity had wiped out her youth. Her skin looked like skin. The geometry of her jaw has softened. His eyes are still shining; which has not softened. ”
In 2016, Ms. Gula was deported from Pakistan after being arrested for obtaining fake identity documents, a common practice among Afghans in Pakistan. Human rights groups have condemned the Pakistani government for sending her back to Afghanistan. On his arrival, he was warmly welcomed by then-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and was given an apartment by the government.
In August, Taliban leaders stormed the presidential palace, which was occupied by Mr Ghani. Their occupation once again displaced millions of Afghans. Pakistan shelters 700,000 refugees The government says Italy has evacuated more than 5,000 people from Kabul.
In the United States, more than 22,500 Afghan refugees have been resettled as of November 19, including 3,500 a week in October. About 42,500 more live in temporary accommodation at eight military bases across the country as they await accommodation.
The rights of Afghan women continued to expand before the Taliban took over. Afghan girls were going to school and getting college degrees, and participating in more civic life. But in the first few months of the Taliban’s conservative rule, women have already faced new restrictions, such as not being allowed to play sports. The Taliban have imposed strict restrictions on education for women, and Taliban gunmen have gone door-to-door in some quarters looking for someone to support US efforts in the country.
Heather Barr, associate director for women’s rights at Human Rights Watch, said it was a dangerous time to be a high-ranking woman in Afghanistan. “There have been cases of prominent women being intimidated or made to feel like they have no choice but to hide or move constantly,” she said.
“The Taliban don’t want women to be seen, and she’s a very visible Afghan woman,” Ms. Barr said of Ms. Gula.