One of the most unforgettable pictures of the Vietnam War
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2006-08-05

Kim Phuc was nine when her village was mistakenly hit with a napalm bomb dropped by a South Vietnamese pilot. The photo of young Phuc, running naked through the street, her skin ablaze with napalm, has remained seared into the minds of many. The picture was such that the photographer Nick Ut received a Pulitzer Prize. A woman, who as a young girl was the focus of what is now called one of the most unforgettable pictures of the Vietnam War, will be sharing her story in Zurich. "She's going to tell the story of her life from that moment. She basically went through hell."

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A woman, who as a young girl was the focus of what is now called one of the most unforgettable pictures of the Vietnam War, will be sharing her story in Zurich next Saturday.

Kim Phuc was nine when her village, Trang Bang, was mistakenly hit with a napalm bomb dropped by a South Vietnamese pilot.

The photo of young Phuc, running naked through the street, her skin ablaze with napalm, has remained seared into the minds of many. The picture was such that the photographer, Nick Ut, received a Pulitzer Prize.

After taking it, Ut rushed the girl to a nearby hospital for treatment. With third degree burns covering half her body she wasn't expected to live, but 17 operations and over two year later she returned home. As an adult Phuc defected to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.

Tickets for the August 12 speaking engagement can be purchased for $5 from one of the five local churches involved in bringing Phuc to the area, Exeter Christian Reformed, Zurich Mennonite, Exeter Baptist, Zurich Pentecostal and Grand Bend United. They are also available at Belongers and Selah Christian Books in Exeter. Held at the Zurich Complex, it begins at 7 p.m. There will be accompanying Christian musicians.

Pastor Harry Frielink, of Exeter Christian Reformed, says they expect to sell between 800 and 1000 tickets. Proceeds beyond the cost of arena and sound system go to the Kim Foundation, which funds the work of international organizations that provide free medical assistance to child victims of war and terrorism.

"She wants to tie in her faith as a Christian with her message that she brings," says Frielink of her affiliation with the local churches. He says anyone though, can go and benefit from a message of forgiving those who have hurt us. "It's an incredible story...It's a message that any community needs."

Phuc will also be speaking about the event that changed her life forever.

"She's going to tell the story of her life from that moment," says Frielink, where he adds she "basically went through hell."

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