Monday, September 29, 2008

Eid Saeed !

May we retain the spirit of self-restraint that Ramadan teaches us, all through the year !

The "Afghan Girl," a previously unidentified Afghan refugee. The image itself was named as "the most recognized photograph" in the history of the National Geographic magazine and her face became famous as the cover photograph on the June 1985 issue. The photo has also been widely used on Amnesty International brochures, posters, and calendars. The identity of the "Afghan Girl" remained unknown for over 15 years until Steve McCurry and a National Geographic team located the woman, Sharbat Gula, in 2002.


Anonymous said...

And to you DD :)


KiLLa said...

O my..
Wat big eyes u have..

(sorry it was too tempting..

desert demons said...

thanx Aasia :)

Killa is that line from " the theory of red riding hood" ;P

KiLLa said...

good one..

u left me gobsmacked..

not many have that ability

Waseem said...

Thats kinda scary, but I guess thats the point.

Eid Mubarak to you, hope you had a blessed Ramadaan.

desert demons said...

lolol well Killa may this eid bring you many new experiences ;p

What's scary Waseem?

Waseem said...

the expression on that girls face.

desert demons said...

well Waseem I think you and I have to have a chat about defining beauty...

KiLLa said...

Eid mubaarak to u to..

lets hope theres something new this eid..

Parasputin said...

Eid Mubarak.
This picture is incredible, truly iconic. Her face is a map of her life's journey, while her eyes burn with defiance.

I find your mission to maintain anonimity amusing but also a bit familiar as I try to do the same, within limits. Of course it would be even more amusing if information (true or not) was circulated that you were called Mareldia, and that you live in Grassy Park selling koeksisters while typing on your laptop with syrupy arthritic fingers.

Feel free to discuss on googletalk.

desert demons said...

Hey Para - Sadly I'm not that animated :) however for more info please do refer to a previous post entitled: 'who am I'

Shameema said...

I remember seeing this picture as a child. I was transfixed by those eyes. It was almost intoxicating. I wanted eyes like that but i was stuck with boring brown eyes.I tore off the cover and kept in my special box. I knew nothing about afghanistan back then. I couldnt pick it out on a map if you paid me.

Years later in another continent altogether I work with Afghan refugees and I know enough about afghanistan to sometimes feel like I've walked the streets of Kabul. I now understand that the colour of Sharbats eyes didnt matter, it was what it sybolized that did.

I hope that people ho recognize her photo, look beyond the colour and see her struggle, her pain but most of all that they see her spirit which will never be broken, her hope hat carries her through and that she represents an entire nation of people just like her.

Thanks for posting. new to your blog and really enjoying it