Friday, November 29, 2013

Phan Thi Kim Phuc

You almost certainly don’t know her name, but you’you've seen her.   Back in 1972, South Vietnamese Aircraft dropped napalm onto her village and some of the napalm landed on her back.  She tore her clothes off and ran down the road to get help.  The picture of Phan running down the road naked won photographer Nick Ut a Pulitzer Prize. 

She was so badly burned that, at first, the doctors did not think she would survive.  However, she did recover; although it took 17 months of hospitalization and 17 different surgeries to do the job. Her fame made her a favorite of the Vietnamese Communist Regime, affording her privileges unknown to her fellow-Vietnamese.  In 1992, she married and was allowed to honeymoon in Moscow.  At some point in her world travels, the plane she and her husband were on landed in Canada and the young couple took advantage of the opportunity to defect. Phan Thi Kim Phuc is now the mother of two children and living in Canada.

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