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The Afghan Girl

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Jennifer Atkins-Gordeeva

on 25 September 2013

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Transcript of The Afghan Girl

Who is this girl?
When this photo was taken, Steve McCurry was at a refugee camp. He walked inside a girl's school tent and found Sharbat. McCurry states that he did not think the photo would be different from all the rest of his pictures. He never got the young girl's name so she was only known as "The Afghan Girl" for seventeen years. When they went back to find this girl, they discovered her name, Sharbat Gulu
What was the photographer's purpose of Sharbat's photo?
Steve McCurry used her photo as a symbol of the Afghan people. She showed the people's strength and determination with just her eyes. The audience is drawn in by the intensity of her eyes and the author used this to help his article get more viewers.
The Afghan Girl

Who was the intended audience for?
The intended audience was originally for the National Geographic viewers but in the end the whole world became an audience.
What emotions does this photo evoke?
Her piercing green eyes grab your attention first. You can see both fear and strength inside her eyes. You start to feel guilty and feel the need to help. People all around the world felt this and tried sending money to help her.
What are the implications?
Implications is when the audience is able to draw a conclusion of the picture without it being physically stated. For this photo, the audience was able to understand her life of poverty and sympathize with this young girl. Even though nothing was stated in the picture, it is powerful enough to draw in and makes you want to read her story.
Stepping in the shoes of Sharbat Gulu
Time Period
of 1985:
Afghanistan has spent five years in a gruesome civil war between the Soviet Union. To escape the fight, millions of refugees went over the boarder to Pakistan.
Discoveries made 17 years later:
Both her parents died by Soviet bombing when Sharbat was six.
To escape from the bombing, with her brother and three sisters she hid in caves until they went to the refugee's camp.
Sharbat was married off but they don't know when because they didn't keep records.
She was forced to end her education soon after the photo was taken
She had four children but sadly one died at infantcy.
Sharbat's family is part of the most war-like tribe called Pashtun
Newman, Cathy. "Afghan Girl." A Life Revealed. National Geographic, 2013. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
Cutruzzula, Kara. "Behind the Haunting Images of Steve McCurry." The Daily Beast. Newsweek/Daily Beast, 2013. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
"The Louse & the Flea." The Louse the Flea. N.p., 5 Aug. 2010. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
Work Cited
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