Her eyes have captivated the world since she appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985.

She was one of the world’s most famous faces, yet no one knew who she was. Her image appeared on the front of magazines and books, posters, lapel pins, and even rugs, but she didn’t know it. After searching for 17 years, National Geographic has once again found the Afghan girl with the haunting green eyes.

Her name is Sharbat Gula, and she is Pashtun, that most warlike of Afghan tribes. It is said of the Pashtun that they are only at peace when they are at war, and her eyes—then and now—burn with ferocity.

Time and hardship have erased her youth. Her skin looks like leather. The geometry of her jaw has softened. The eyes still glare;that has not softened. “She’s had a hard life,” said McCurry.

Here is the bare outline of her day. She rises before sunrise and prays. She fetches water from the stream. She cooks, cleans, does laundry. She cares for her children; they are the center of her life. Robina is 13. Zahida is three. Alia, the baby, is one. A fourth daughter died in infancy. Sharbat has never known a happy day, her brother says, except perhaps the day of her marriage.

She can write her name, but cannot read. She harbors the hope of education for her children. “I want my daughters to have skills,” she said. “I wanted to finish school but could not. I was sorry when I had to leave.”


Education, it is said, is the light in the eye. There is no such light for her. It is possibly too late for her 13-year-old daughter as well, Sharbat Gula said. The two younger daughters still have a chance.

The reunion between the woman with green eyes and the photographer was quiet. On the subject of married women, cultural tradition is strict. She must not look—and certainly must not smile—at a man who is not her husband. She did not smile at McCurry. Her expression, he said, was flat. She cannot understand how her picture has touched so many. She does not know the power of those eyes. Read more: National Geographic

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0 comments on “'AFGHAN GIRL'

  1. I’m a muslim, but most Pakistani, Afghans and arabs are living in medieval times and whole world has changed by the times goes, but most muslims, hindus and many third world christians remained in the dark. These people see women as private property for dry sex and for producing kids in dozen possible

  2. the picture which you made from islam and show to people, it is not the real picture of islam, islam is the one complite guide and religion in which all humman have equal righte. there are no diversity and difference. islam is religion of peace and truce. islam is religion of progress and advancement, several or few rejected or unhappy activities which some people are doing those are thier private and personal interpretion from islam. please study islam, its law and statutes, all muslems reject and refuse those activities and theirs vision about islam ,all muslems and islam reject terrorisam.

  3. just because u are unable to understand a culture and religion of these people does not mean they are all like this, yes there is a great deal of women abused and are taking care of many children, but there are some places were this is not the case, we must remember nothing is ever just black and white, there will always be grey. we should never condemn something we do not fully understand.

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