The Afghan Girl

The Afghan Girl

afghan girlThe Afghan Girl – One of my Favorite Images

This is one of those seminal images that will remain with me until the day I day. Having spent some time in Afghanistan, before the recent great unpleasantness, I have somewhat of an affinity for those within the war torn country. However, I still remember the day that I saw this picture and it really stuck with me given the ferocity and determination mired in those eyes. Unfortunately, it would appear that a few decades of hard living have not done the Afghan Girl any favors. National Geographic recently tracked her down and the truth is that she has aged terribly.

I would hazard a guess to say that those amazing eyes have seen some dark and awful events in her country over the past few decades. The Afghan people are not ones to talk openly with outsiders but if those eyes of the 50 year old could talk they would probably tell us any number of events of human suffering.

Wherever she is today I hope she finally gets the peace that she deserves.