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Afghan girl in Italy

Italy has given sanctuary to the green-eyed “Afghan girl” Sharbat Gula, whose 1985 photograph became a symbol of the Afghanistan war in National Geographic. The office of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi made the announcement on Thursday. A statement from Italy’s prime minister’s office said, “The Italian government intervened after Sharbat Gula sought help to leave Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country in August. A statement from Italy said, “Sharbat Gul was also expelled from Afghanistan as part of a drive to evacuate civilians.”

Photo taken in 1985

Photo taken in 1985

Gula, a young man living in a refugee camp on the Pakistan-Afghan border, was photographed by American photographer Steve McCurry when he was young. This photo was taken in 1985. The bright green eyes of the syrup gula, the scarf tied around the head and the sore eye became a symbol of the pain of the Afghans at that time. The image of Sharbat Gula had become an international identity. When photographer Steve McCurry returned to Afghanistan in 2002, he rediscovered Sharbat Gul and his photo made headlines again. National Geographic said at the time that FBI analysts and forensic experts had confirmed the identity of the Afghan girl.

Pakistan had arrested him

Pakistan had arrested him

He was arrested in 2019 after losing his national identity card while living in Pakistan. However, she later returned to Afghanistan. After which the then President Ashraf Ghani welcomed him in Afghanistan and gifted him an apartment so that he could live his life safely. In the apartment, she lived in her homeland, Afghanistan, “with dignity and security.” Later, once again, the lives of ordinary Afghans have become difficult. Especially for women.

Oppression-O-Summit on Women

Oppression-O-Summit on Women

Since taking power in Afghanistan, Taliban leaders have said they will respect women’s rights under strict Sharia or Islamic law. But during the Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001, women could not work and girls were barred from going to school. Women had to cover their faces when leaving the house, and men had to go with relatives. The situation in Afghanistan is more or less the same this time.

Struggling syrup

Struggling syrup

Almost five years after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, Sharbat Gula was one of the millions of Afghans who came to Pakistan to save their lives. Sharbat Gula was orphaned and deported to Afghanistan in 2019 after being arrested by the Pakistani government. At the same time, Rome said in early September that it had expelled about 5,000 Afghans from Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power in August.

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