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‘Afghan Girl’ Escapes Taliban, Evacuated to Italy
Nov 26, 2021 | PetaPixel
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Sharbat Gulla, the Afghan woman made famous by photographer Steve McCurry’s iconic Afghan Girl photo, has escaped the Taliban in Afghanistan and has been evacuated to Italy.

The 49-year-old Gulla, also known as Sharbat Bibi, received international attention as a young girl after photojournalist Steve McCurry photographed her at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan while Afghanistan was occupied by the Soviet Union. The striking portrait was featured as the cover of National Geographic in June 1985 and quickly became one of the most widely recognized portraits ever captured.

In 2016, Gulla found herself in legal trouble after she was found using fake documents to obtain a Pakistani identification card under the name “Sharbat Bibi.” As a result, Gulla was deported from Pakistan back to Afghanistan.

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