The Girl in the Picture

Posted: July 13, 2011 in news, photo, photographers
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Phan Thi Kim Phúc, (born 1963) is a Vietnamese-Canadian best known as the child depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War on June 8, 1972. The iconic photo taken in Trang Bang by AP photographer Nick Ut shows her at about nine years of age running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack.

“The Girl in the Picture: the Story of the Story of Kim Phúc, the Photograph and the Vietnam War” by Denise Chong is a 1999 biographical and historical work tracing the life story of Kim Phúc. Chong’s historical coverage emphasizes the life, especially the school and family life, of Kim Phúc from before the attack, through convalescence, and into the present time.

“The Girl in the Picture” deals primarily with Vietnamese and American relationships during the Vietnam War, while examining themes of war, racism, immigration, political turmoil, repression, poverty, and international relationships through the lens of family and particularly through the eyes and everyday lives of women. Kim Phúc and her mother, Nu, provide the lens through which readers of The Girl in the Picture experience war, strife, and the development of communism in Vietnam.

“Forgiveness made me free from hatred. I still have many scars on my body and severe pain most days but my heart is cleansed. Napalm is very powerful, but faith, forgiveness, and love are much more powerful. We would not have war at all if everyone could learn how to live with true love, hope, and forgiveness. If that little girl in the picture can do it, ask yourself: Can you?”

— Kim Phúc, NPR in 2008

On November 10, 1997, Kim Phúc was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Kim lives in Canadian, with her husband and two children. A survivor who proves to all of us that love always wins the stupidity of war.

Read more at wikipedia: Kim Phúc

Comments
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  2. Terry E says:

    Every time I see this picture I cry

  3. ofelio nunez says:

    sra kim vivo en stockton ca dios la vendiga lloro al mirar sus fotos de nina ojala pudiera ablar con usted otra ves dios los vendiga a

    toda su familia se ke abla espanol

  4. i feel really sad for Phan Thi Kim Phuc but so compeld on how she is going on with her life like its been put behind her good on her

  5. Moura Santos says:

    Os idiotas da Guerra, deveria pegar esses imbecies e os colocar no fogo principalmente o GWB, dentre outros loucos que se matam e matam inocentes por causa da porra da religião, otarios, para eles sentirem se realmente é isso que eles querem. só pela dor que aprenderam.

  6. Marie says:

    Kim Phuc you have shown us what a true beautiful woman is. You are someone to admire.Thank you for sharing your life with us all.

  7. Ariel says:

    Escuche mucho sobre esta guerra…tanto que solo se de lo que se publico en film norteamericanos. Detras de todo esto..historias para ver, pensar y reflexionar para que no VUELVA A SUCEDER.;

  8. […] “Phan Thi Kim Phúc, (born 1963) is a Vietnamese-Canadian best known as the child depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War on June 8, 1972. The iconic photo taken in Trang Bang by AP photographer Nick Ut shows her at about nine years of age running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack.” ~ “All That I Love Blog” […]

  9. Victor says:

    Kim Phúc, You are so beautiful now, When I saw the pic on the iconic pitures freatured on MSN, I decided to search out what how you looked now, and I discovered you turned out so beautifully. Despite the tears in my eyes, hope built up in me, because I realized that from what you have gone through in life and what you are now, ANY ONE CAN PULL THROUGH ANY THING, HARSHSHIP AND SUFFERING CAN BREW HOPE AND DETERMINATION TO SUCCEED.
    Thank you for bringing hope to me.

  10. […] Pulizer-prize winning photograph of Phan Thị Kim Phúc — a naked girl who was a victim of a napalm attack during the Vietnam War — was […]

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