Advocate For Victims of War Crimes
The Vietnam War knows many tragedies, some more familiar than others. A photograph of a young girl running naked down a road, her skin on fire with napalm, changed the way the world looked at the Vietnam War, and at all wars. The photograph was transmitted around the world and later won a Pulitzer Prize. The girl in the picture is Kim Phuc. Phan Thi Kim Phuc was born and raised in a village near Saigon. In 1972, Americans and the South Vietnamese Airforce dropped napalm bombs on her village. Nine-year-old Phuc fled from a Buddhist pagoda, where she and her family were hiding. Two of her infant cousins did not survive the attack, and Phuc was badly burned. Phuc was photographed running down the road, screaming from the burns to her skin. Ut’s photograph of Phuc remains one of the most unforgettable images of the Vietnam War. Read More >
Changing the Way We Look at ‘The Girl in the Picture’
The Lesson of Forgiveness
"How do you describe someone like Kim? To say she is inspirational is such an understatement. She exudes peace and compassion. She was warm, funny and endearing but most of all powerful. I can’t begin to tell you how the crowd reacted to her story. There were tears and, later, participants were telling me how they felt like their small problems just didn’t seem like problems anymore. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I am so glad I was able to be a part of. Truly the best keynote presentation we have had in the 25 years I’ve worked for AAMFT."