Κυριακή 13 Νοεμβρίου 2016

‘Afghan girl with green eyes' Sharbat Gula deported from Pakistan

           

Subject of famous National Geographic cover convicted of having fake ID papers

by Gareth Harris  |                 
‘Afghan girl with green eyes' Sharbat Gula deported from Pakistan
The US photographer Steve McCurry next to his famous photograph of the young Sharbat Gula during an exhibition of his work at the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Hamburg, in 2013 (Photo: Ulrich Perrey © epa european pressphoto agency b.v. / Alamy Stock Photo)


Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed girl who appeared on the cover of the National Geographic magazine in 1985, has been deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan after she was convicted by a court in Peshawar, northern Pakistan, of having fake identification papers.

The deportation was condemned by Amnesty International. “Pakistan’s decision to deport Sharbat Gula is a grave injustice. By sending her back to a country she hasn’t seen in a generation, her plight has become emblematic of Pakistan’s cruel treatment of Afghan refugees,” says its south Asia director, Champa Patel.

Late last month, Gula was taken into custody by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency and detained for living illegally in Pakistan. According to the BBC, she pleaded guilty to all charges in court and was given a 15-day prison sentence plus a fine of 110,000 rupees ($1,650). The photographer Steve McCurry, who took the famous National Geographic picture, raised concerns about her welfare.

After spending time in hospital, where she was treated for hepatitis C, Gula was handed over to Afghan authorities at the border along with her children. Earlier this week, she met the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. The presidential spokesman, Shah Hussain Murtazawi, told the Afghanistan Sun website that the government has provided housing for Gula’s family.
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