This is the famous picture of the "Afghan Girl" taken by Steve McCurry, (who has a web-site where you can see all his work), they say it is the most viewed picture in the world. There were thirty originals offered for sale. I ran across one in a gallery in San Diego three years ago. It was priced at $3,500 and it burned on me to buy it. I didn't and opted for the $35.00 poster. I visited the gallery three weeks ago and was amazed to find that a mere three years later it now sells for $65,000. And worth every penny.
A modern day Mona Lisa if you will. Personally, I like it far better. I was at a site where they were discussing the picture and there were posts where people gave their thoughts. There was a wide range of opinion. Everything from appreciation of her beauty to those who saw the horror of war, fear, those that thought she was a good actor and the occasional soulless idiots thoughts.
I have this picture in my den and look upon it nearly every day. I never tire of it, and it never ceases to rivet my soul. As for me, I see the suspicion that nearly every Afghan person has when ravaged by war. This is not a girls trust that is easily won. The picture below is a common scene and no doubt the Afghan girl has witnessed scenes like it with her own eyes. That is the expression I see in her eyes, seen too much, for too long and at thirteen, she is doing her best to live life without hope.