Girl with green shawl © Steve McCurry

Girl with green shawl © Steve McCurry

Girl with green shawl, Peshawar, Pakistan, 2002

It is the newness of a portrait that often compels us to construct stories around it. Yet, in doing so we often reach for the familiar. This young child had fled the civil war in Afghanistan and was living in Pakistan when McCurry took this picture. The delicate emerald shawl, her rich blue eyes and serene gaze all evoke a deep sense of the religious.

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A ten-year old Afghan refugee girl living in Peshawar, Pakistan, has never seen her homeland.

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