Kim Phuc: 'Napalm Girl' from harrowing Vietnam War image receives German prize for peace work

55-year-old awarded for support of Unesco and children wounded in war

Samuel Osborne@SamuelOsborne93
Monday 11 February 2019 16:10
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Kim Phuc, known as “Napalm Girl“ in an iconic photo showing her during the Vietnam War, has received an award in Germany for her work for peace.

The 55-year-old, who now lives in Canada, was handed the Dresden Prize for her support of Unesco and children wounded in war, the organisers said.

She was also honoured for speaking out publicly against violence and hatred. She received 10,000 euros (£8,800).

Ms Phuc was nine-years-old in 1972 when a South Vietnamese plane dropped napalm bombs on her village in the belief it harboured North Vietnamese troops.

The image of her running down the road in tears, naked and severely burned, was captured by Vietnamese-American Associated Press photographer Nick Ut, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the photo in 1973.

In this June 8, 1972 file photo, South Vietnamese forces follow after terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places

In 2015, Ms Phuc travelled from Canada to Miami to visit a dermatologist who specialises in laser treatments for burn patients, in the hopes it would relieve the aches and pains caused by the burns.

Past recipients of the Dresden Prize include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and American civil rights activist Tommie Smith.

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