More than 40 years later she can hide the scars beneath long sleeves, but that betrays the pain she has endured since that errant napalm strike in Now she has a new chance to heal — a prospect she once thought possible only in a life after death. But now — heaven on earth for me!
It has been 40 years since a nine-year-old Vietnamese girl - Phan Thi Kim Phuc - was photographed running naked during the Vietnam War. Too hot! Her back was burning with napalm at the time.
The well-known photo, by AP photographer Nick Utshows her at nine years of age running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack. The Republic of Vietnam Air Force pilot mistook the group for enemy soldiers and diverted to attack. The New York Times editors were at first hesitant to consider the photo for publication because of the nudity, but eventually approved it.
Whatever your age, you've probably seen this photo. It's a hard image to forget. A young girl, naked, runs screaming toward the camera in agony after a napalm attack incinerated her village, her clothes, and then, her skin. That girl is Kim Phuc.
A censorship battle ensued. The picture, taken by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut, has become an icon of conflict photography. The faces of collateral damage and friendly fire are generally not seen.
Facebook has decided to allow users to share an iconic Vietnam war photo featuring a naked girl after CEO Mark Zuckerberg was accused of abusing his power when the social media company censored the image. An image of a naked child would normally be presumed to violate our Community Standards, and in some countries might even qualify as child pornography. In this case, we recognize the history and global importance of this image in documenting a particular moment in time.
Ajax, Ontario, Canada CNN Even without the benefit of context, the image of a naked 9-year-old girl running for her life is as searing and indelible today as it was 43 years ago. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.
Officers said they had arrested and launched criminal investigation against all five suspects in the case. Duyen, who helped her mother run a poultry stall at a local wet market, was last seen delivering 13 live chickens to a customer on the afternoon of February 4, said Sung A Hong, Dien Bien police chief. A search for Duyen was launched and her body was eventually found three days later, on the morning of February 7, inside a pigpen at an abandoned house that was a one-hour drive from her home in Dien Bien. On February 10, Dien Bien police arrested and launched a probe against Vuong Van Hung, the customer who had bought the chickens and asked for them to be delivered by Duyen on the day she went missing.
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The iconic photograph fetched Ut the Pulitzer Prize and the World Press Photo Award, and is a tribute to his brother who died at a young age while covering the Vietnam War. Photographers cover conflict mainly to document war, not to bring about change. Ut was insistent on joining AP and was finally given the job of a darkroom assistant.