40 Years ago, Kim Phuc found heroes
It is an image that every photojournalist wishes that they had taken.
But what I find the most incredible about that moment in time captured 40 years ago is what happened after the picture.
In 2003 I was assigned to photograph the girl in the picture Kim Phuc. Kim now lives in Ajax and was going to be a speaker in the Toronto Star “Unique Lives and Experiences” lecture series.
I was excited to photograph her. To look at her go from the little girl in Nick Ut’s photo running naked and screaming down a road to establishing her foundation which provides medical and psychological help to child victims of war is inspiring.
I was very impressed with how she went from having nothing, her burns were so severe that doctors didn’t think she could survive, to what she is today, author, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and mother.
Much more here:
Please read it all. It’s well worth the time to be reminded of how many heroes there really are.