The woman with the haunting, captivating eyes is indeed from Afghanistan.
Apologies for the delay. The response to our contest was overwhelming. Thanks to all who played and replied by the 5 p.m. deadline. (Many readers rolled in with correct answers up until 5:52 p.m. and a few incorrectly guessed Iran and Pakistan.)
The photograph below shows a then and now shot of the woman. Reports say she lives with her husband and three daughters in a remote region of Afghanistan.
THE WINNER: Jonathan Helman of CNN.
Note to readers: Stay tuned in the days ahead… we have four more pairs of tickets to give away! Congratulations to Helman. He will receive two tickets to National Geographic Channel’s April 13th soiree.