Highlights

  • Afghan girl from Nat Geo cover granted refugee status in Italy
  • Italy govt says it evacuated Sharbat Gula from Taliban run country
  • Sharbat Gul appeared on Nat Geo cover in 1985 

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That green-eyed Afghan girl on 'Nat Geo' cover is a refugee in Italy now

Italian govt has said that it responded to pleas from non-profit organisations working in Afghanistan to help Sharbat Gula leave

Remember the green-eyed Afghan girl who caught the world's eyes after featuring on the cover of the National Geographic magazine.

She has been evacuated to Italy from the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, the Italian government has said.

"Afghan citizen Sharbat Gula has arrived in Rome," it said in a statement, without giving a specific date.

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Rome said it had responded to pleas from non-profit organisations working in Afghanistan to help her leave.

Gula became arguably Afghanistan's most famous refugee after US photographer Steve McCurry captured her portrait in a Pakistan camp in 1985 and it was published on the front cover of the National Geographic magazine.

She is now in her late forties.

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