Phan Thi Kim Phuc was born and raised in the village of Trang Bang, 30 minutes north of Saigon. During the Vietnam War, the strategic Route 1 that runs through the village became the main supply road between Saigon and Phnom Penh. On June 8, 1972, an American military advisor coordinated the napalm bombing of Kim's village by the South Vietnamese. Nine-year-old Kim fled from a pagoda, where she and her family had been hiding. Two of her infant cousins did not survive the attack, and Kim was badly burned.
Kim was photographed running down the road, screaming from the burns to her skin. Nick Ut, the Associated Press photographer who was there to cover the siege, took the photograph of young Kim. Moved by her pain, he rushed her to a South Vietnamese hospital. She then spent 14 months recovering in Barsky Hospital, the American hospital in Saigon, where her care was paid for by a private Foundation. Ut's photograph of Kim remains one of the most unforgettable images of the Vietnam War.
Here are some videos that tell her story:
Kim Phuc - Nzone Feature - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhz2gCnhr-I
Vietnam Napalm/Reasons for Protest - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3K_E_QKJIo&feature=related
Kim Phuc - The Girl in the Picture
To learn more go to: http://www.kimfoundation.com
The girl in the picture by Yanah. To learn more go to: http://www.flyingsnowman.com
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