'Afghan Girl' Arrested on Charges of Using Fraudulent ID
Sharbat Gula—the woman behind one of the world's most iconic photographs—could be sentenced to several years in prison.
The “Afghan Girl” who graced an iconic cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985 has been arrested in Pakistan on charges of being in the country illegally with allegedly false documents.
Sharbat Gula was 12 years old when she was photographed by Steve McCurry in a refugee camp in Pakistan, in December 1984. The haunting image of the green-eyed girl became an international symbol of refugees and of political and social unrest in the region. It has been widely reproduced, making her one of the most recognizable non-celebrity faces of the 20th century.
The image took on new immediacy when McCurry found Sharbat Gula again in 2002, and the world learned of how much she had changed and endured