Search for the Afghan Girl

Search for the Afghan Girl
52:54 | 2002

Categories: Documentary, History, Arts and Culture

SEARCH FOR THE AFGHAN GIRL, whose haunting, green-eyed gaze captivated the world in a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine cover photograph, takes EXPLORER on a world-wide journey in an attempt to solve the case of a missing person. In January 2002, photographer Steve McCurry, who took the 1984 photograph and has been searching for the girl ever since, traveled to Pakistan with a National Geographic EXPLORER team to search one last time. The refugee camp where the original encounter took place was about to be demolished. War in Afghanistan continues. The plight of refugees there and in Pakistan is worsening. Has the "Afghan Girl" survived? With a lot of detective work and a little luck, the EXPLORER team, together with McCurry, finds a woman who could be the "Afghan Girl." How can they confirm that this is the same person as the child photographed nearly 20 years ago? National Geographic uses several methods, including state of the art iris recognition, the FBI facial recognition techniques and the technology used by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Sigourney Weaver narrates.

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David Freeman
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December 24, 2014
A
I had to be around 12 at the time. I got the issue out of the mail box and just couldn't take my eyes off of it. I guess my mom noticed me starring at the cover and states... she's beautiful isn't she. I immediately said back to my mom but she looks so sad. I found myself thinking of the photo over the years. Very happy to see that has survived. Very happy about that.
David Freeman
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December 24, 2014
I had to be around12 then. Remember cover very well. Stared at it for a while. I guess my mom noticed me starring at it and said" she's beautiful isn't she." I stated yes, but she looks real said. Very glad to see that she has survived. Very happy about that.
Ajeya Chandrapal
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July 24, 2014
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daniel guerra
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April 13, 2014
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b fair
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December 21, 2013
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I remember being wowed by that cover photo and appreciate knowing who she is
Kevin Blackburn
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December 8, 2013
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Ali Tahirian
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October 24, 2013
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Jenny Ouseph
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October 5, 2013
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Daryan Green
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October 2, 2013
B+