Kim Phuc



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Phan Thi Kim Phuc - The girl from the famous photograph by Nick Ut (Huỳnh Công Út) taken during the Vietman war.

Her village had been occupied by North Vietnamese forces and as she was fleeing from it her group was mistaken for a group of soldiers and attacked by South Vietnamese forces.

The napalm from the bomb burned 30% of her body, mainly her back, neck and left arm. She tore of her burnig clothes and was photographed as she was running down the street naked.

She was taken to the hospital by the photographer himself and was able to return home only after 2 years of therapy and surgery.

She was then used for propaganda purposes by the communist government, but was eventually able to continue her studies in medicine in Cuba where she met her future husband.

While returning from their honeymoon in Russia they got of the plane during a refueling stop in Canada and asked for political asylum.

In 1997 she passed the Canadian Citizenship Test and is since a Canadian citizen. She and her husband have two sons - Thomas, born in 1994 and Stephen, born in 1997. She is also an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, was awarded several honorary degrees and founded the Kim Phuc Foundation, helping child victims of war.

Kim Phuc - Copsucker

Kim Phuc is a noisy post-punk band from Pittsburgh. Their first LP, Copsucker (what a great name), has been released on Iron Lung Records for 10$. If you don’t like vinyle & nice objets you can also buy the digital release. It took me a few listening session before really getting into it but it was very much worth it. They also have their own blog.

 (here’s the bandcamp streaming widget that you won’t see on the Dashboard unless you click on that grey box)

“Copsucker is the pinnacle sound of a band that has been crafting, honing and re-imagining the way punk music should be played, with so much raw atmosphere and energy that it will probably rip you apart. Be careful. For those unfamiliar with the KP sound, it lands somewhere near the idea of Warsaw era Joy Division on steroids with a distinct Pittsburgh edge.”
from the official Bandcamp 

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Women of 6 World Famous Photographs

Photos do not mark where a person’s story ends.

1. Kim Phuc
In 1972, 9 year old Kim Phuc shed her clothes that had been covered in deadly napalm. This photo of pain and horror shocked the world as it displayed the reality of Vietnam’s brutal situation. Phuc went on to become a mentor and goodwill ambassador for the UN.

2. Sharbat Gula
The haunting eyes of “The Afghan Girl” went unidentified for 17 years after her image was captured.

3. Florence Owens Thompson
The image of “Migrant Mother” has become synonymous with the Great Depression. Thompson’s grim, worn down expression, coupled with her children nestled about her displayed a clear image of the extreme poverty countless Americans faced as a result of the Dust Bowl.

4. Ruby Bridges
Escorted by U.S Marshals, young Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to desegregate an all-white school. This photo became an emblem of the impact segregation and racism had on American society. Bridges is now the chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation and a statue in honor of her was unveiled at the very school she helped desegregate.

5. Rita Petry and Greta Zimmer
Though perceived as a romantic embrace between two sweethearts celebrating the end of WWII, it’s not. Greta Zimmer (the nurse) was pulled in for a kiss by stranger George Mendosa. Mendosa and his girlfriend Rita Petry (the woman smiling in the background) would go on to marry.

6. Mary Vecchio
14 year old runaway Mary Vecchio was on Kent State campus when the 1970 shootings occured. Dismayed by the violence, Vecchio knelt by the body of Jeffrey Miller, one of four people killed by the gunman. This Pulitzer Prize winning image launched Vecchio into fame, which haunted her for some time.


“ Forgiveness made me feel 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 gir in the picture can do it, ask yourself: Can you?

- Kim Phuc, the girl in the vietnam war photography

Napalm by Banksy
Banksy’s Napalm piece (work on canvas) depicts a nine-year-old girl named Kim Phuc. Phuc was the subject of a photo in 1972, which showed the naked young girl running from her home after a Napalm blast. Banksy removed Phuc from Nick Ut’s original photo and placed her hand-in-hand with two of the United States’ most famous pop-culture characters. The piece presents a biting critique of the United States. Other critics saw the piece as a take on the treatment of Vietnamese civilians during war.

Kim Phuc was pictured in a world-famous and iconic photograph from the Vietnam war, running naked from an airborne attack, horribly burned with napalm, in June of 1972. Since then, Kim has found peace, and a message she can offer, borne of her suffering. She runs The Kim Foundation International, and she acts as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO. She has transformed into a viable, visible symbol of peace and hope. Hers is an important story of resilience, courage, and forgiveness.

Twenty-three years on. When she was nine, Kim Phuc’s village in Vietnam was hit by US napalm. The photograph Nick Ut took of her as she ran down the road is widely believed to have hastened the end of the war. Kim Phuc, who now lives in Toronto, is pictured here with her baby son.


I leave you tonight with some history. A famous Time photo from the Vietnam war of children running from a napalm attack. The nude girl is the most famous, she was simply known as Napalm Girl. The second photo is of the Vietnamese film crew interviewing her as a person seams to be attending to her burns. The white areas on her back a peeled off skin. And lastly  Kim Phuc now, you can see the results of the napalm burns. She does an occasional tour to speak of her experiences.