Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed Afghan girl immortalised many years in the past on a National Geographic cowl, has been evacuated to Italy, the Italian authorities mentioned on Thursday.
“Afghan citizen Sharbat Gula has arrived in Rome,” it mentioned in an announcement, with out giving a particular date.
Rome mentioned it had responded to pleas from non-profit organisations working in Afghanistan to assist her go away the Taliban-controlled nation, “organising for her to travel to Italy as part of the wider evacuation programme in place for Afghan citizens and the government’s plan for their reception and integration”.
Gula grew to become arguably Afghanistan’s most well-known refugee after US photographer Steve McCurry captured her portrait in a Pakistan camp within the Nineteen Eighties and it was revealed on the entrance cowl of the National Geographic journal.
Gula mentioned she first arrived in Pakistan an orphan, some 4 or 5 years after the Soviet invasion of 1979, certainly one of hundreds of thousands of Afghans who’ve sought refuge over the border since.
She was deported again to Afghanistan in 2016 after she was arrested for dwelling in Pakistan on fraudulent identification papers.
In early September, Rome mentioned it had evacuated nearly 5,000 Afghans from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized energy in August.
Italy earlier this month mentioned it had granted citizenship to Afghanistan’s first girl chief prosecutor, Maria Bashir, after she had landed within the European nation on September 9.
Italy was certainly one of 5 nations most concerned with NATO’s US-led mission in Afghanistan together with Germany, Britain and Turkey.
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