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I asked for help.. Italy responds to the "Afghan Mona Lisa"

 The green-eyed "Afghan girl", who became famous in a picture published by "National Geographic" magazine years ago, arrived in Italy as part of the West's efforts to evacuate Afghan citizens after the Taliban movement took control of the country.

In addition, the office of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced, on Thursday, that Italy organized the evacuation of Afghani Sharbat Gula after she requested her help to leave the country.

According to the statement, the Italian government will help her integrate into life in Italy.

A symbol of an era of conflict

He also added that her image had become "a symbol of the vicissitudes and conflict in that chapter of history that Afghanistan and its people endured at that time."

He said he had received requests "from civil society, especially non-profit organizations working in Afghanistan," supporting Gula's plea to help her leave the country.

Sharbat became famous in 1984 as an Afghan refugee girl after being photographed by war photographer Steve McCurry, and gained fame after her deep green eyes appeared on the cover of the magazine. McCurry found her again in 2002.

Presidential reception

In 2014, she appeared in Pakistan but went into hiding when the authorities accused her of buying a fake Pakistani identity and ordered her deportation. She traveled to Kabul, where the President hosted a reception for her at the Presidential Palace and handed her the keys to a new apartment.

It is noteworthy that Italy is one of the Western countries that have flown hundreds of Afghans out of their country after the withdrawal of US forces and the takeover of the Taliban in August.


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