Note: Kim Phuc has taken everything that life has given her with such grace and determination. She is married with two sons, and works on behalf of children of war through the United Nations and her non-profit, the Kim Foundation International.
Many remember the haunting image of nine-year-old Kim Phuc taken in Vietnam after an aerial napalm attack:
It has been forty years since the photo was taken that would forever change Kim’s life.
This photo was captured by Nick Ut, and was originally almost not going to be used because it contained child nudity. However, it was clear the photograph told a story, and it was essential for people to see it to understand the nature of the Vietnam war.
Kim did not ask to become a figure that would stand for so much. The photo is still considered one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, and is a shining example of how children can change the world. A child’s innocence and honesty in each life situation exemplifies what true advocacy is. We see truth through them. We understand peace.
“Don’t see a little girl crying out in fear and pain. See her as crying out for peace.” -Kim Phuc