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Pakistan's Inam Khan, owner of a book shop shows a copy of a magazine with the photograph of Afghan refugee woman Sharbat Gulla, from his rare collection in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. A Pakistani investigator says the police have arrested National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' for having a fake Pakistani identity card. Shahid Ilyas from the Federal Investigation Agency, says the police arrested Sharbat Gulla during a raid on Wednesday at a home in Peshawar. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Remember the 'Afghan girl' Nat Geo cover? That woman is facing 14 years in prison.


The National Geographic cover featuring a the "Afghan Girl" photo is one of the magazine's most popular. Sharbat Gula, the Afghan girl in question, was photographed by Steve McCurry in a refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984. 

Now, 32 years later, Gula was arrested by Pakistani authorities on Wednesday following into a 2-year investigation into her and her husband for living in Pakistan with fraudulent papers, reports CBS News. She faces seven to 14 years in prison as well as thousands of dollars in fines. 

Shahid Ilyas, an employee at the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA), told CBS that, "[Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency] arrested Sharbat Gula, an Afghan woman, for obtaining a fake ID card." 

Gula's husband absconded. 

Gula, like many people from Afghanistan, is scared to return to her home country out of fear of ISIS.

She's one of many who escaped.

Some online hope Gula's case raises awareness of the issues facing Afghanistan. 


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