The Italian Prime Ministry announced that “Afghan Girl” Sharbat Gula, who became famous for her photograph taken by photographer Steve McCurry when she was a young girl in a refugee camp in Peshawar in 1985, on the cover of the National Geographic magazine, left her country of Afghanistan within the framework of the evacuation program and came to Italy. .
In the statement, in response to Gula’s request for help to leave her country after the events in August, the Italian Prime Minister’s Office arranged for the “Afghan Girl” to travel to Italy and reach Rome, within the framework of the evacuation, reception and integration program in effect for Afghan citizens. provided was emphasized.
The story of the “Afghan Girl”
The story of Gula, who was 13 when the famous photo was taken, began when she was orphaned during the war between the Soviet Union and Afghanistan.
It was not known for a long time who the girl in the photo, which affected almost everyone, was. In 2002, a National Geographic team, including McCurry, who took the photo, went to Afghanistan to find Gula. The team managed to reach Gula in a remote part of Afghanistan.