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  • As France and the UK exchange cross words about refugees, this story came up today. Who can ever forget the face of this woman, who is once again a refugee, some 35-40 years later.

  • In today’s Washington Post:

    “Two piercing green eyes and a penetrating stare stopped the world in its tracks in 1985. A photograph of Sharbat Gula became immortalized on the cover of National Geographic magazine, jolting governments and society to acknowledge the human price of the conflict in Afghanistan.

    “The haunting expression, a mixture of pain and resilience, of a child thought to be around 12, was dubbed the “Afghan Girl.” She became a symbol of war, displacement and defiance after American photographer Steve McCurry captured her image in a refugee camp in Peshawar, on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

    “More than 30 years later, Gula is displaced once again — as Afghanistan reels from conflict and instability after the hurried withdrawal of U.S. troops and the Taliban takeover in August.

    “Amid the upheaval, Gula, who had been living in Afghanistan since 2016, was offered a haven in Italy, the Italian government said this week.

    “Afghan citizen Sharbat Gula has arrived in Rome,” a statement from Italy’s presidency of the Council of Ministers said. It added that she had come to “symbolize the vicissitudes and conflict of the chapter in history that Afghanistan and its people were going through at the time.”

    “The Italian government acted after Gula made a plea for help to leave Afghanistan, it said, and it had worked with local and international charities and civil society to evacuate her.

    “Despite her face being internationally recognizable, Gula’s identity and name were found out and made public only in 2002 after McCurry and a National Geographic team returned to the region to track her down. McCurry took a follow-up portrait of Gula and noted that although she had aged, her eyes still glared powerfully.”

  • Not Afghanistan but I watched a documentary the other day about Lebanon. Hard to believe these countries are still no further forward now than many years ago. Usually religion to blame. :rolleyes: