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
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.
“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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