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Napalm girl Vietnam war photo German receives prize for peace work

Napalm girl Vietnam war photo German receives prize for peace work

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Kim Phuc, known as the napalm girl” after a well-known photo of her from the Vietnam war, has received an award in Germany for her work for peace. Organisers of the Dresden prize say the 55-year-old, who lives in Canada, is being honoured for her support of Unesco and children wounded in war, and for speaking out against violence and hatred. She received €10,000 (£8,800).

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Previous recipients include the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and the American civil rights activist Tommie Smith. Phuc was nine when a South Vietnamese plane dropped napalm bombs on her village in 1972, believing it harboured North Vietnamese troops. the scene of Phuc running down a road in tears, naked and severely burned was captured by the Associated Press photographer Nick

Kim Phuc Phan Thi, speaks after receiving the International peace prize at the Semperoper in Dresden, Germany.

Ut, who won a Pulitzer prize for the image in 1973. Ut, then 21, drove Phuc to a hospital where he demanded doctors treat her. “I cried when I saw her running,” said Ut in 2012. “If I don’t help her and if something happened and she died I think I’d kill myself after that.”Days after the image shocked the world, another journalist found out Phuc had survived. Christopher Wain, a British television journalist, fought to have her transferred to a US-run unit equipped to deal with her severe injuries.

The prize-winning image of Phuc and her relatives.

“I had no idea where I was or what happened to me,” Phuc said. “I woke up and I was in the hospital with so much pain, and then the nurses were around me. I woke up with a terrible fear.”Phuc sustained third-degree burns on 30% of her body. She began scar treatment in 2015.

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