Sharbat Gula, whose piercing portrait on the cover of National Geographic 在 1985 put a face on war-torn Afghanistan, has fled the nation and is now living in Rome, 多家媒体报道.
Gula — who is now believed to be in her late 40s and has several children — was evacuated to Italy’s capital sometime after the 美国’ withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s retaking of control there in August, 根据 纽约时报.
“The prime minister’s office has brought about and organized her transfer to Italy,” the Italian government said in a statement obtained by the 时代.
然而, it remains unclear when Gula arrived in Italy or whether she will stay there, 根据 时代.
The news comes after nonprofit organizations requested help to evacuate Gula from Afghanistan, where the Taliban have been accused of limiting women’s rights and searching for people who supported Americans there, 这 时代 报道. Italy is among several Western nations that have evacuated Afghan refugees in recent months.
“They are the poorest women and the most fearful women in the world,” 博士. Massouda Jalal, the first and only woman to run for president of Afghanistan, told PEOPLE of Afghan women in September. “Their life will be at any moment under threat.”
Gula became a symbol of the Afghan plight after being noticed by war photographer Steve McCurry at a refugee camp in Pakistan amid the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1984, when she was believed to be 12, 根据 时代.
“I noticed this one little girl with these incredible eyes, and I instantly knew that this was really the only picture I wanted to take,” he said of the chance meeting, 根据 美国国家公共电台.
His intimate portrait of Gula was put on the cover of National Geographic‘s June 1985 问题, which featured the headline “Along Afghanistan’s War-torn Frontier.”
But even as the image gained international acclaim, her identity remained unknown until 2002, when McCurry and a team of National Geographic journalists located her in the mountains of Afghanistan. 尽管 “time and hardship had erased her youth,” 这 magazine reported 当时, “the eyes still glare; that has not softened.”
McCurry told 守护者 在九月, “Afghans find themselves in the same predicament as they were back in the 1980s. They’re questioning security, displaced and seeking refuge.”