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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
A
daniel guerra
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April 13, 2014
A
b fair
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December 21, 2013
A
I remember being wowed by that cover photo and appreciate knowing who she is
Kevin Blackburn
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December 8, 2013
A
Ali Tahirian
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October 24, 2013
F
Jenny Ouseph
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October 5, 2013
A
Daryan Green
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October 2, 2013
B+
Chris Khyree Foster
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September 23, 2013
A
so very touching.....brings tears to my eyes
Stacey Grey
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September 20, 2013
A-
Sebastianus Kristianto
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September 15, 2013
A
ana marie
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September 13, 2013
A
Berna Herrera
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September 13, 2013
A
Kept me anxious the whole time. I remember this photograph and mystery solved now.
Brenon Conn
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September 1, 2013
A
Bonita
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August 28, 2013
A
This was an amazing documentary in finding someone after all these years and millions of people there. Great movie!!
Rhonda Whetstone
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July 20, 2013
A+
Jill Elliott
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June 28, 2013
A
Rich Burtt
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June 26, 2013
A
Nancy Behrendt
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June 17, 2013
A+
Afghanistan and the Pakistan refugee camps have been described, but they cannot really show the poverty and the resilience of the Afghan people. Also the eye matching was amazing.
Larry Whitaker
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July 3, 2012
We have no unpaid friends in that region. When we leave it will all fall back into place as if we were never there. Just get out. Bring or destroy our equipment while it's over there so it can't be said that we like the Russians in some way support future agressions. And end all foriegn aid...Friends can't be bought or rented from administration to administration.
Stacy Lauzon-Rocha
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June 27, 2012
I hope National Geographic or the photographer gave her a substantial amount of money, after all THEY made plenty off her face/eyes! Arguably you could say his career took off with this famous picture ~ its the least they could do. I HATE that he was trying to get a 'deal' from the man in the shop because "he's the guy who took the picture", You were paid & awarded MANY times over for it ~ just pay the man the 30 cents for the picture! Geesh, you would NEVER go into ANY store in the U.S. asking for a 'deal'. When I had the privilege to travel yrs ago I always hated that. Rich people going into another country where their $1 bill buys SO much ~ but they want a "deal" from the man living in a mud hut, working 18 hr days! UGH! Id like to think NG put in all this time & effort to find "The Afghan Girl", not just to make a great "then & now" piece. I want to believe they gave that family at LEAST 10 grand US dollars! Does anyone know if they gave this woman anything?
Gary McLoughlin
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July 5, 2012
She did nothing to earn any form of compensation. The very notion is preposterous.
Stacy Lauzon-Rocha
1********g
July 7, 2012
Her FACE earned the magazine MILLIONS of dollars. She was on the cover. I would expect her to be paid at least 1/3 of what models who grace the pages of other magazines make! NTM HIS career took off from that picture & he won awards for that pic ~ not because of the lighting, not because of the tragedy, but because of HER "haunting eyes"! If not the mag. at least HE could of given the woman some money. The very notion that a person who takes a pic of a CHILD on the worst day of their life, without even bothering to get her name (shows how much he 'cared' until the awards started to roll in) & gets paid hounds of thousands of $$ from that pic, but yet they, you or anyone else who feels she deserves nothing is preposterous! He/they exploited a childs misery.
Stacy Lauzon-Rocha
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June 27, 2012
Without watching the video yet, as I'm waiting for it to load, I'm wondering....if this girl didn't have GREEN eyes, would people care as much? I mean, Ive seen some 'captivating' stares from Afghan children, with their dark brown eyes~which is the norm for that region.Just a thought.
PJ Miles
1********g
June 27, 2012
A Miracle! That is only Yahweh can do!
Nick Sceptre
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June 26, 2012
I still have a copy of the Nat`l Geographic, with her picture on it.
Randy Vasquez
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June 25, 2012
What a touching story, wow!
Peg Mccauley
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June 24, 2012
I watched a Nat. Geo special that claims to have found her. they did an eye scan to prove it was her.