The iconic image from the 1985 National Geographic shook the world – and now we’ve learned there is a happy ending to the story.
The image of Sharbat Gula was an instant classic.
At the time, she was just 12-years-old and living in a refugee camp in Pakistan. It became one of the most memorable images of the Afghan war.
It inspired the world.
But her story didn’t end there.
Years later, Gula was deported from Pakistan for having fraudulent papers and was sent back to her war-torn country.
But after a trublent life, Gula has finally found a happy ending.
Gula is now a widowed mother of 4, and it’s been confirmed that her whole family has found safe haven in Italy as a part of the latest evacuation of Afghanistan.
Italy organized the evacuation and are now working on helping Gula become integrated into the country.
“As a child, she captured the hearts of millions because she was the symbol of displacement,” President Ashraf Ghani has said of Gula, as per the Daily Mail.
“The enormous beauty, the enormous energy that she projected from her face captured hearts and became one of the most famous photographs of the 1980s and up until the 1990s.”
We hope Gula and her children find happiness and peace in their new home.