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Kim Phuc, the 'Vietnam war girl', finally gets treated for burns

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 October 2015, 13:56 IST

Kim Phuc is famous. You may not know her name, but you've seen her anguished image shared over and over again. Four-year-old Kim's face, twisted in pain and horror, has for the longest time represented the tragedy that was Vietnam war.

As the war that raged on from 1954-1975 between North and South Vietnam against the South Vietnam government, and its ally the United States, it was the civilians who burned. Literally.

On June 8 1972, Trang Bang village near Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) was nearly destroyed when napalm - a flammable liquid - was accidentally dropped on civilians by the South Vietnamese soldiers.

Nick Ut, a photojournalist from the Associate Press Vietnam captured the now iconic image, which ultimately won him the Pulitzer.

Forty three years since the tragedy, Kim is getting treated in Miami for her widespread burns. The 52-year-old, who now lives in Canada with her husband and two sons is getting treated at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute in Florida.

She will be treated over the next eight or nine months for the severe burns on her back, neck and hands.

First published: 29 October 2015, 13:56 IST
 
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