Berlin (VNA) – Phan Thi Kim Phuc, known as the “napalm girl” in an iconic photo taken during wartime in Vietnam in 1972, on February 11 received Germany’s Dresden Peace Prize for her work for peace.
The 55-year-old woman was honoured for her support of UNESCO and children wounded in war, and for speaking out against violence and hatred. She received 10,000 euros (11,350 USD) in cash.
Hoping to join efforts in building a better world to live, Phuc set up a fund in 2012, which has made significant contributions to the construction of schools, orphanages, and healthcare facilities worldwide. Library for children in her hometown, Trang Bang district, Tay Ninh province, is Phuc’s latest project.
Phuc was nine years old when napalm bombs ravaged her village in 1972. The image of her running down the road in tears, naked and severely burned, was captured by Vietnamese-American Associated Press photographer Nick Ut, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the photo one year later.
In 2015, she travelled to Miami to visit dermatologist, hoping to relive the aches and pains caused by the burns.
Phuc is now living in Canada and having a happy life with her husband and two sons.-VNA