Afghan refugee girl Sharbat Gulla to visit India
Days after she was deported from Pakistan to her native Afghanistan, Sharbat Gula whose piercing green-eyed stare landed a spot on the cover of National Geographic will next travel to India for medical care.
Gula, who’s in her 40s, suffers from hepatitis C, according to her lawyer and multiple news outlets.
She’s now poised to travel to Bangalore to receive treatment, according to Afghan media reports.
After fleeing Afghanistan as a young child, Gula spent decades in Pakistan before being arrested and charged with having falsified identity papers. When she arrived in Afghanistan Wednesday, she and her family were greeted by President Ashraf Ghani.
Sharbat Gula became iconic when National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry took her picture in 1985 in refugee camp near Peshawar. The green-eyes girl became the symbol of Afghan refugees’ plight during the war.