She came to America after the Taliban hacked off her nose and ears, a symbol of the oppression of women in Afghanistan. Since then, she’s been passed around by well-meaning strangers, showcased like a star and shielded like a fragile child. The fairy-tale ending everyone hoped for has remained elusive.

A striking image of Aesha Mohammadzai’s face was on the cover of Time magazine in August 2010. Reporter Jessica Ravitz and I visited the family who took her in to see how her life had changed since then.

(A year later, we visited Aesha again and produced an update on her progress.)