Iconic ‘Afghan girl’ Sharbat Gula to come to India for treatment

'Afghan girl' Gula, a mother of three, is said to undergo treatment at Bengaluru hospital.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 13, 2016 3:00 pm
afghan girl, afghan girl visits india, sharbat gula, sharbat gula india, who is sharbat gula, national geographic afghan girl. national geographic sharbat gula, india news Afghan girl: The then 12-year-old Sharbat Gula had became famous worldwide after her haunting closeup shot was published by photographer Steve McCurry at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar in 1984.

Afghan woman Sharbat Gula, the iconic face of refugee struggle who was deported from Pakistan a few days ago, will travel to India soon for medical treatment. Gula became a worldwide face after her photograph appeared in the National Geographic Magazine in 1984. She was deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan on Wednesday on charges of falsifying identity papers.

In her 40s now, she has been offered treatment free-of-cost by the government for which Afghan Ambassador Shaida Abdali expressed gratitude to India. “The iconic Afghan Sharbat Gula will soon be in India for medical treatment free of cost–Thank you India for being a true friend!,” Afghan ambassador Shaida Abdali tweeted.

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Gula, popularly known as the ‘Afghan girl’, is reportedly suffering from Hepatitis C besides having some other health issues. After fleeing Afghanistan as a young child, Gula spent decades in Pakistan and was arrested recently on charges of possessing fake identity documents.

Gula, a mother of three, is said to undergo treatment at Bengaluru hospital. Gula’s image, with striking green eyes, photographed by award winning photographer Steve McCurry had made her the face of refugee crisis in Afghanistan. Pakistan has been criticised for deporting Gula.

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  1. L
    Nov 13, 2016 at 9:44 am
    She lived in stan for 34 years with her family but no one in Afghanistan or India gave two bits about. Now she got kicked out from stan for breaking the law by forging her ID card and she is suddenly in the new both in Afghanistan and India. Both of them will shamelessly use her as propaa. How pathetic.
    1. S
      Nov 13, 2016 at 9:56 am
      Another western political investment like Malala. Super famous for no reason.
      1. Vellaichamy Vijayasamy
        Nov 13, 2016 at 10:08 am
        Please note India used to be the destination of distressed for ages. stan may have forgotten it's past. India should continue to help such people.