Who is Sharbat Gula? Sharbat Gula is an Afghan girl refugee who became internationally famous after being featured on the cover of a 1984 issue of National Geographic.

In 2021, after Taliban captured the Afghanistan Sharbat Gula has been evacuated to Italy, the office of the country’s prime minister announced on Thursday.

Sharbat Gulla, the woman behind the iconic photo taken by photographer Steve McCurry, arrived in Italy following a push “by those in civil society, and in particular by non-profit organizations working in Afghanistan” to evacuate her from the country, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office said in a statement, The Associated Press reported.

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Afghan girl from iconic National Geographic cover

Gulla was 12 years old girl who is living in a refugee camp when McCurry took her photograph. The photo, showing her staring at the camera with piercing green eyes, became one of the most famous National Geographic covers of all time.

The AP’s reporting only detailed a small number of times where it appeared that Gulla’s whereabouts were known.

The news outlet reported that in 2002, McCurry saw the Afghan woman again. Over a decade later, she was deported from Pakistan after Pakistan’s government alleged she was trying to obtain false identification within the country.

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Afghan Girl Sharbat Gula Wiki, Bio, Age, Husband, and family

NameSharbat Gula
Full NameSharbat Gula
Famously known Afghan Girl
Age49 years old
Date of Birth 1972
Birth PlaceAfghanistan
Currently lived Italy
NationalityAfghan Refugee
Parents Not Known
Martial Status Married
HusbandSoon Update
ChildrenN/A

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Sharbat Gula?

Sharbat Gula is an Afghan girl refugee who became internationally famous after being featured on the cover of a 1984 issue of National Geographic.

What is the age of Sharbat Gula?

49 years as of 2021.

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Where is Sharbat Gula now 2021?

In 2021, after Taliban captured the Afghanistan, Sharbat Gula has been evacuated to Italy, the office of the country’s prime minister announced.

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