The Afghan girl, Sharbat Gula, who graced the cover of national geographic in 1985 has reportedly been arrested in Pakistan on charges of holding false documents and being in the country illegally.
Sharbat Gula, 12 years old was photographed in a refugee camp in Pakistan in December of 1984. She became the international symbol if refugee and of political and social unrest of the region.
Gula was arrested on Wednesday by Pakistan’s federal investigation agency. They raided her home in Peshawar in northern Pakistan.
Some experts say that maybe she will go unpunished; while others say she could see 7 to 12 years of imprisonment.
She is being investigated by police and may be held up to 14 days before the government decides to advance the case against her.
McCurry who took her picture back then, posted on his Instagram account, “I object to this action by the authorities in the strongest possible terms…She has suffered throughout her entire life, and her arrest is an egregious violation of her human rights.”
The city of Peshawar has been home to more than million Afghans who fled during 1980’s war against the Soviet Union.