This photo of a naked and terrified young girl running towards is a symbol of the horror of the Vietnam War. It was taken during the American bombing of the village of Trang Bang, Vietnam. However there has been much controversy over the events depicted in the photo. It is suggested that American bombers had nothing to do with this event and that there have been many derogatory and misleading comments about the American troops in regard to this photo. Nevertheless, it is said that this photo ended the war in Vietnam and served as an icon for the peace movement that was prevalent in the 1970s.
Thirty percent of Phuc’s tiny body was scorched raw by third-degree burns, though her face somehow remained untouched. Over time, her melted flesh began to heal.
On June 8th, 1972, nine-year-old Kim Phuc Phan Thi’s village near Trang Bang, Vietnam was hit by South Vietnamese bombers in an American-ordered attack. In one of the world’s best-known photographs, Kim, who took a direct hit, is shown running naked down a road, screaming in agony from the napalm that covered her body. It took many years, and 17 operations, to save her life. In 1993, Kim defected to Canada in order to escape her past and take control of her life. Today (2016), she is 53, a mother of two and lives just outside Toronto.