ROME – National Geographic magazine’s famous green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the evacuation of Afghans from the West following the Taliban’s takeover of the country, the Italian government said on Thursday.

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Premier Mario Draghi’s office said Italy organized the evacuation of sherbet gully when he asked for help leaving the country. The Italian government will now help connect him to life in Italy, the statement said.

Gulla gained international fame as an Afghan refugee girl in 1984, when war photographer Steve McCurry’s photograph of her with green eyes was published on the cover of National Geographic. McCurry found her again in 2002.


In 2014, she surfaced in Pakistan but went into hiding when authorities accused her of buying fake Pakistani identity cards and ordered her deportation. He was taken to Kabul, where the President hosted a reception for him at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and handed over the keys to a new apartment.

Italy was one of several Western countries that airlifted hundreds of Afghans from the country in August following the withdrawal of US forces and the takeover of the Taliban.