National Geographic’s iconic ‘Afghan girl’ arrested in Pakistan
Sharbat Gula, the Afghan woman made famous after her striking portrait covered the June 1985 issue of National Geographic, has been arrested in her home in Peshawar, Pakistan. Following a two-year investigation that led to her arrest, authorities allege Gula possessed a forged national ID card and faces up to 14 years in prison if found guilty.
The original image, by photographer Steve McCurry, was taken when Gula was only 12 years old in a Pakistani refugee camp, where she and her siblings and grandmother fled after her parents were killed. The photo garnered worldwide intrigue because of Gula's piercing green eyes and direct stare.
"I am committed to doing anything and everything possible to provide legal and financial support for her and her family," McCurry said in a statement. "We object to this action by the authorities in the strongest possible terms," he said. "She has suffered throughout her entire life, and we believe that her arrest is an egregious violation of her human rights."
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