'Napalm girl’ Kim Phuc receives Peace Prize in Germany

Phan Thi Kim Phuc who was well- known as the "Napalm Girl" in 1972 Vietnam War photo yesterday received the Dresden Peace Prize with a 10,000 euro (US$11,350) award  for her pledges and assistance to child victims of war.

'Napalm girl’ Kim Phuc receives Peace Prize in Germany (Source:AFP/Getty Images)

'Napalm girl’ Kim Phuc receives Peace Prize in Germany (Source:AFP/Getty Images)

The award ceremony was solemnly organized at Semperoper Opera House in Sachsen’s Dresden city, the Eastern part of Germany. 

In previous consultative years, "Napalm Girl" Kim Phuc has played an important role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Culture of Peace for UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and participated in reconciliation activities against violence and hatred, and taking care of children throughout the world with her private charitable fund. 

Since the Kim Phuc International Foundation  was established in 2002, it has significantly contributed to the construction of schools, orphanages and medical facilities throughout the world.

The “Napalm girl” said that the construction of a children's library in her village of Trang Bang, Tay Ninh province is her latest project. 

Currently, the 55-year-old woman lives in Canada with her husband and two sons.

On June 8, 1972, Phan Thi Kim Phuc was nine years old when the United States Army’s planes dropped napalm bombs on her village.  

Image of a nine years old girl running down a road crying, naked and with burns across her body was taken by Associated Press photographer (AP) Huynh Cong Ut (Nick Ut). 


VNA- Translated by Huyen Huong

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