Woman who is an iconic image for Afghanistan was arrested in Pakistan


. When Gula was arrested Wednesday, she had both Pakistani and Afghan ID cards in her possession. If convicted, Gula, now at her 49, could be jailed for up to 14 years, or be deported.Last year, Gula was arrested on similar charges, but was later released. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Afghanistan communicated it would only be able to assist in the case if Gula registers as a refugee. Because the Peshawar area in Pakistan received more than a million Afghans fleeing decades of war, it has launched a verification program across the nation. Gula’s parents were killed in Russia’s war with Afghanistan, and the young Gula walked with her grandmother and four siblings across the mountains to Pakistan’s Nasir Bagh refugee camp. Now she is the mother of several children. Photographer Steve McCurry declared he wants to hekp her.


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