Na­tional Geo­graphic’s iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ is de­ported

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Afghanistan’s pres­i­dent on Wed­nes­day wel­comed home Shar­bat Gulla, Na­tional Geo­graphic’s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl,” just hours af­ter she was de­ported from Pak­istan, the lat­est in the odyssey of the glob­ally rec­og­nized refugee.

Gulla’s de­por­ta­tion came af­ter a re­gional court in the Pak­istani city of Pe­shawar con­victed her on charges of car­ry­ing a forged Pak­istani ID card and stay­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally.

The case has drawn in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion and crit­i­cism of Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties over their per­ceived harsh treat­ment of Gulla — and other Afghans who Islamabad says will be ex­pelled as il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

Gulla gained in­ter­na­tional fame as an Afghan refugee girl in 1984, when war pho­tog­ra­pher Steve McCurry’s pho­to­graph of her, with pierc­ing green eyes, was pub­lished on Na­tional Geo­graphic’s cover. McCurry found her again in 2002.

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