girl in famous vietnam photo: story

Phan Ti Kim Phuc

A little girl runs naked in the midst of members of her family, fleeing a South Vietnamese army incendiary bomb dropped on her village near Saigon.

When the canisters of white phosphorus and napalm ignited, they showered the hamlet of Trang Bang with liquid flame that adheres to human flesh and vaporises clothing.

That’s why Kim Phuc was nude as she ran, screaming “too hot, too hot” and beating at her arms with badly burned hands.


Kim is a proud Canadian these days. But she’s never lost touch with her homeland and the suffering of innocents caught in war. From her home in a town east of Toronto, she runs the Kim Foundation International. Go to their website and the first thing you see is that photo from 1972.

The organisation works with children affected by conflict or disability in countries around the world. Kim has also been a special ambassador for UNESCO, promoting peace and goodwill among nations. And it all began with a photograph


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