November 9, 1997 in Nation/World

Photo Subject Helps Young War Victims Napalm Attack Victim, Now A Mom, Wants ‘To Give Back All The Love’

Mike Robinson Associated Press
 

The Vietnamese woman who was photographed as a 9-year-old fleeing a 1972 napalm attack that seared her body is launching a foundation to help innocent young victims of war.

“I want to give back all the love and care that I have received over the years from so many people. So this can be a way for me to help people,” 34-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc said Friday.

The Kim Foundation was created to help children around the world. Still in the beginning stages, it has not yet been determined exactly what the foundation will do.

On June 8, 1972, a fleeing Phuc was photographed, naked and screaming, after a U.S. air strike turned her village north of Saigon into a cauldron of flames. Two of her brothers and two cousins were killed. The flames had burned her clothing off.

Associated Press photographer Nick Ut won a Pulitzer Prize for the photo.

“I really think this picture stopped the war and changed the war,” Phuc said.

Phuc was in and out of hospitals for years, underwent 17 operations and still feels pain from the wounds.

She is married, has two sons and lives in Toronto.


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