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‘Afghan Girl’ from National Geographic magazine cover granted refugee status in Italy

Written by Hada MessiaNicola Ruotolo, CNNRome

The “Afghan Girl” made well-known after that includes on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985 has been granted refugee status by Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, in accordance with an Italian authorities press workplace assertion.

The hanging portrait of then 12-year-old Sharbat Gula, a Pashtun orphan in a refugee camp on the Afghan-Pakistan border, was taken in 1984 and revealed the subsequent 12 months. Gula was tracked down many years later dwelling in Pakistan, after nobody knew her title for years.

Now in her late forties, Gula has arrived in Rome, in accordance with the Italian Prime Minister’s Office.

“In 1985, thanks to the photography of Steve McCurry, who the previous year had portrayed her very young in a refugee camp in Peshawar for the cover of National Geographic Magazine, Sharbat Gula acquired global notoriety, to the point of symbolizing the vicissitudes and conflicts of the phase history that Afghanistan and its people were going through,” reads an announcement launched by Draghi’s workplace.

Sharbat Gula pictured in Kabul, Afghanistan, in November 2016.

Sharbat Gula pictured in Kabul, Afghanistan, in November 2016. Credit: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

“Responding to the requests of those in civil society and in particular among the non-profit organizations active in Afghanistan which, after the events of last August, received Sharbat Gula’s appeal to be helped in leaving their country, the Prime Minister took it upon himself and organized her transfer to Italy within the broader context of the program for the evacuation of Afghan citizens and the government’s plan for their reception and integration,” the assertion continues.

CNN has requested the Italian authorities if Gula’s household was additionally granted refugee status, however has not but heard again.

In 2016 McCurry advised CNN the story behind the {photograph}.

“I knew she had an incredible look, a penetrating gaze,” he stated. “But there was a crowd of people around us, the dust was swirling around, and it was before digital cameras and you never knew what would happen with the film.”

McCurry stated he knew the image was particular when he developed it.

“I showed it to the editor of the National Geographic, and he leaped to his feet and shouted, ‘that’s our next cover’,” he added.

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