They say one never forgets a face. One face hundreds of millions of people will never forget is that of year-old Sharbat Gula. Captured by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry in a refugee camp in , her piercing green eyes captivated the world and spotlighted the plight of millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan who had fled the brutal conflict between Soviet occupying forces and the Afghan mujahidin. Expand Visitors look at the "Afghan Girl" photo during U. Thirty-two years later, Sharbat is once again in the limelight, but for all the wrong reasons. But Sharbat is not the only Afghan who has failed to secure official refugee status in Pakistan. Over the years, millions of Afghans have sought shelter in Pakistan as their country became ravaged by conflict. Some 1. An estimated 1 million more, who were unable to get even this limited status, have been forced to live in constant fear of arrest and deportation.
This article provides an overview of the role and rights of women in Afghanistan. Strict rules of conduct, poor living conditions, poverty, abusive environments, and travel limitations place heavy burdens on Afghan women. However, since the fall of the Taliban, there have been significant improvements in opportunities for Afghan women and girls. The audio, illustrations, photos, and videos are credited beneath the media asset, except for promotional images, which generally link to another page that contains the media credit. The Rights Holder for media is the person or group credited. Association for Asian Studies. Reprinted with permission of the Association for Asian Studies, Inc. For information on user permissions, please read our Terms of Service.
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An Afghan woman whose photograph as a young refugee with piercing green eyes was published on the cover of National Geographic in , becoming a symbol of the turmoil of war in Afghanistan, was arrested on Wednesday in Pakistan on charges of fraudulently obtaining national identity cards. The woman, Sharbat Gula, was arrested at her residence in the northwestern city of Peshawar after more than a year of investigation , said Shahid Ilyas, the assistant director of the Federal Investigation Authority. The arrest came as the Pakistani authorities were cracking down on Afghans with illegal national identity cards.