Sharbat Gula is described in the 2002 narrative as an orphan whose parents were murdered in an Afghan blast, which turned out to be incorrect. Her mother died of appendicitis, she claims, and her father was still alive when they fled to Pakistan. He was later reported killed in another bomb attack.
In 1992, she was photographed by Margaret Bourke-White for Life magazine, becoming one of the first women in Afghanistan allowed to show her face. She says she chose to do this because "women should have the right to look at themselves in the mirror". The photo appeared on the cover of the March 1993 issue of Life magazine.
She claims that after the photo was taken, men threw stones at her house and threatened to kill her for showing her face. She moved to Germany with her husband and two children, where she lived in a refugee camp. In 1997, she came to the United States as a tourist and applied for asylum. The following year, her application was accepted and she was granted permanent residence status. She has since become an American citizen.
The Afghan government has refused to grant her citizenship, so she cannot work and lives off benefits from the US government. She says she wants to go back to school and learn English so that she can help her family by working as a nurse or teacher.
Sharbat Gula currently lives in Kabul with her five-year-old son and three children, saying she wants to live a normal life after years of sorrow and struggle. Her 10-year-old picture became an iconic image of Afghan refugees fleeing violence. She has been praised for her courage and resilience and has used her fame to call for peace talks with the Taliban.
After Sharbat Gula was photographed lying on a bed of nails during an attempt at exorcism, the police arrested her father. He was sentenced to death but managed to escape from prison before the sentence could be carried out. After the murder trial, Sharbat Gula's mother left for Germany where she had relatives. In 2004, Sharbat Gula followed them there. There are reports that she has found work as a housekeeper but it is not known how she makes a living otherwise.
She has two sisters who remain in Afghanistan. One works as a lawyer while the other is a teacher. Before the war, they lived a comfortable life in a well-off family in Kabul. They went to school until they reached ninth grade when their father decided they should stop so they could help around the house.
The family's life was turned upside down by the invasion. The sisters lost their friends and their school. Then their father was imprisoned for killing a man during an exorcism ritual and then hanged himself in his cell.
12-year-old "Afghan Girl" became not just the magazine's next cover, but also its most successful in its illustrious history. Sharbat Gula, a 12-year-old Pashtun orphan in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp on the Afghan-Pakistan border, was photographed in December 1984 and published the following year. She had been identified by US officials after appearing on a Pakistani television show called "Awaam Notion". The image caused outrage when it was published, but also sparked protests from people who believed she should have been allowed to stay in Pakistan.
Gula's story made front page news across the world. Her image appeared on the cover of National Geographic, Newsweek, and Time. President Ronald Reagan called for her to be allowed to stay in America, while Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said Britain would do everything in its power to ensure that this happened.
But despite all these promises, Gula was sent back to Afghanistan. A few months later, she was seen again on the same television show, this time with Prince Charles. He had met with her after receiving letters from several organizations asking him to help bring her to England. But again, nothing came of it and a few months later, Gula was back in the refugee camp. This time, though, there was good news: Another American official told Sharbat Gula that she could apply for a visa to come to live in the United States.
In this narrative, Ahmedi and her mother establish friends with another family and assist them in fleeing Afghanistan in search of freedom. Ghulam Ali, the family's father, permits Ahmedi and her mother to flee Afghanistan with their family, but the only way to Pakistan is to climb a difficult mountain used by smugglers. Despite these obstacles, they are able to reach the border with Pakistan.
Farah Ahmedi was born on April 3, 1981 in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is an Afghan female journalist and human rights activist who has been working for women's rights since childhood. Her first story was published when she was just 15 years old. Since then, she has been writing for many newspapers including Eriwan, Jang, Andkazan, and others.
She has been receiving death threats from the Taliban because of her work as a journalist. In 2002, she was attacked by two men who were trying to force her into prostitution; however, she was able to fight off her attackers. In 2004, the Taliban ordered all girls' schools to close after Farah wrote an article criticizing their decision to ban girls from attending school. When the schools refused to shut down, they were burned to the ground by the Taliban.
In 2009, the Taliban arrested Farah's brother Abdul Hakim and charged him with crimes against Islam. They also confiscated his business and property, forcing him to begin smuggling cigarettes illegally to pay for his own trial.
Farah Ahmedi, a 17-year-old Afghan girl whose childhood was marked with tragedy and despair, What she goes through in her war-torn country and how she escapes is heartbreaking, but ultimately optimistic. Her father and sisters were murdered, and her brother went away, never to be found. Despite these hardships, she has managed to build a new life for herself in Canada.
Farah moved to Montreal when she was 10 years old. She lives with her husband and two children. When she isn't spending time with them, she's working as a nurse's aide or studying at McGill University.
In addition to English, Farah speaks French and Dari (her native language).
She started learning German when she was 12 years old and hopes to become a translator one day. Farah says she wants to help refugees who are seeking better lives in other countries by teaching them the languages they need to get ahead.
Farah's story was told in a 2013 film called "The Young Woman from Kabul," which won three awards at the 2014 International Film Festival of India.
She is now working on getting her own book published so others will know what life is like in Afghanistan and why it is important for people to support refugees.