Afghan girl in photo found 17 years later

No one knew the name of the girl with piercing green eyes whose image captivated the world when she appeared on the cover of National Geographic nearly two decades ago.

Until now.

“National Geographic: The Photographs”

Her name is Sharbat Gula, and she lives with her husband and three daughters in a remote part of Afghanistan, according to a 21 March 2002 National Geographic story. She is estimated to be between 27 and 30 years old.

A group who set out to look for the Afghan girl made famous by Steve McCurry‘s 1984 photograph located the woman after searching in a Pakistani refugee camp and several villages until someone recognized her face and led them to her brother.

“The second I saw the color of her brother’s eyes, I knew we had the right family,” said Boyd Matson, host of the National Geographic television show Explorer.