I'm sorry. Perhaps you didn't understand that the woman described in the beginning of the 1985 article is NOT the girl in the cover photo.
The first woman was a mom in Afghanistan in a home where they were staying.
The girl in the photo was 12 or 13 and in a refugee camp in Peshawar Pakistan, where they arrive at the end of the article.
17 years later, she was close to 30. She got married a few years after the first photo was taken, and had, at the time of the article, given birth to 4 children, 3 of whom lived. Her husband lives and works in Peshawar, and she (at the time of the article) spends the cold cold winters in Peshawar with her husband, but then travels back to Afghanistan to live in the mountains for the summer because the horrible pollution in Peshawar is bad for her asthma.
But none of this is really the point of my posting these stories. Afghanistan is a sad, brutal land, occupied by foreign forces for as long as most living Afghanis can remember. The borders include groups of people who are ethnically, religiously, culturally and linguistically very different. The infrastructure in the more developed, urban centers has been destroyed. In the Pashtun tribal areas, which overlap with Pakistan, there was never any infrastructure. Attempts by the occupying forces to "improve the quality of life" have failed miserably. Education, of course, is the solution to their plight, but girls who attempt to go to school risk their lives by simply attending school
It is time to get troops out of there, and provide support from a distance. It will take many generations, I fear, for any real improvements in the lives of the Pashtun people. But the urban centers could rebuild quickly. After the Soviet invasion, (before the Taliban took power) there was a window of time in which women were teaching at universities in Kabul, and practicing medicine and moving towards a positive future. Let's let them move towards that again.