Gula’s image, with striking green eyes, photographed by award-winning photographer Steve McCurry had made her the face of the refugee crisis in Afghanistan.
Gula became a worldwide face after her photograph appeared in the National Geographic Magazine in 1984. She was deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan on Wednesday on charges of falsifying identity papers.
In her 40s now, she has been offered treatment free-of-cost by the government for which Afghan Ambassador Shaida Abdali expressed gratitude to India.
The iconic Afghan Sharbat Gula will soon be in India for medical treatment free of cost--Thank you India for being a true friend!, Afghan ambassador Shaida Abdali tweeted. Gula, popularly known as the 'Afghan girl', is reportedly suffering from Hepatitis C besides having some other health issues.
After fleeing Afghanistan as a young child, Gula spent decades in Pakistan and was arrested recently on charges of possessing fake identity documents.
Gula, a mother of three, is said to undergo treatment at Bengaluru hospital.
Gula's image, with striking green eyes, photographed by award-winning photographer Steve McCurry had made her the face of the refugee crisis in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has been criticised for deporting Gula.
Afghan Girl - National Geographic Photographers: The Best Job in the World
Photographer Steve McCurry tells the story of shooting the iconic National Geographic "Afghan girl" photo.
Steve McCurry discusses Sharbat Gula's case
Renowned photographer Steve McCurry talks to Al Jazeera about his 1984 photograph of Sharbat Gula, which captivated global attention. An Afghan refugee who lived in Pakistan for all her adult life, Gula was arrested this week by Pakistani police for allegedly using a fake identity card.
The iconic photo was taken at a refugee camp in the 1980s.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with theAfghan woman Sharbat Gula _ Sharbat Gula Video
The iconic National Geographic 'Afghan girl', Sharbat Gula, is welcomed by President Ashraf Ghani after being deported from Pakistan.