Sharbat Gula, the Afghan woman who captivated the world’s attention when she appeared on an iconic cover of National Geographic magazine in June 1985, was admitted to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, and has hepatitis C, Mohsin Dawar, an attorney working on her case told National Geographic. He said he did not know if the hepatitis prompted her immediate hospitalization. Sharbat Gula’s husband died of hepatitis several years ago, the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal, wrote on his Facebook . As a widow, Sharbat has endeavored to raise her four children alone,” photographer Steve McCurry wrote on his Instagram account. McCurry first photographed Sharbat Gula in a refugee camp in Pakistan in December 1984, and then found her again in 2002. “She represents all brave women and men who will endure any pain and hardship to protect the most precious thing they have—their children,” McCurry wrote.
“Sharbat Gula has been the symbol of refugees for decades,” he added. “Now she has become the face of unwanted migrants.”