sexta-feira, 28 de outubro de 2016

‘Afghan Girl’ From Iconic Photo Faces Deportation


‘Afghan Girl’ From Iconic Photo Faces Deportation


Copyright: 2009 Reuters

Remember this girl? Captured by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry in a refugee camp in 1984, Sharbat Gula’s piercing green eyes captivated the world and spotlighted the plight of millions of Afghan refugees who fled their war-ravaged country, seeking shelter in Pakistan.


Thirty-two years later, Sharbat is once again in the limelight, but for all the wrong reasons. The Pakistani government is on a mission to rid itself of Sharbat and its 2.5 million other Afghan refugees. Officials arrested her on Wednesday.

Three decades ago the Pakistani authorities could rightly hold their heads up high as they protected a young girl who captured the world’s attention. Now they are coercing Afghans into returning to a country wracked by conflict and 
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