Posts tagged ‘‘History is what’s happening’’

June 1, 2012

Whatever Happened to the ‘napalm girl’ ?

Phan Thi Kim Phuc (center) fleeing as napalm burns her back and arm (UT/ Associated Press 1972 ).

On June 8, 1972, Associated Press photographer  Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut  took this  iconic  Pulitzer prize-winning photograph that has become one of the most powerful images of the Vietnam War.

The most searing element of  this  image was Phan Thi Kim Phuc, a then nine-year-old Vietnamese girl running from the plumes of smoke  during an air attack on the South Eastern Vietnamese Trang Bang District by U.S-allied South Vietnamese  forces.  The napalm dropped in that assault burned through her clothes and ate away at the flesh on the arms and the back of nine-year old Kim Phuc as she and others fled.

This black and white image is a slice of time frozen in the  ice of history that will never fully melt, only be lost among a mosaic of others . But as explained by this Associated Press piece,  time or life  did not stop for Kim or the man behind the camera who also saved her life. 

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