The Italian government announced, Thursday, that Afghani Sharbat Gula, famous for her large green eyes, taken by photographer Steve McCurry in 1985, and which appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine, has arrived in Rome as part of the Italian asylum and evacuation program. from Afghanistan.
Executive Director Mario Draghi confirmed that the arrival of the Afghan woman, aged 49, came after several petitions from civil society, specifically from NGOs active in Afghanistan.
Like many other Afghans, Gula asked humanitarian organizations to help her leave the country after the Taliban took power last August.
In turn, the Italian government “encouraged and organized” the movement of Afghan women to Italy as part of its program to withdraw Afghans from the country, which aims to ensure “welcoming and integration,” the executive explained.
Sharbat Gula was only 13 years old, who moved the world with the power of her green eyes, thanks to a picture taken by American photographer Steve McCurry in a Pakistani camp, in which she illustrated a report on Afghan refugees in June of 1985. .
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