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Kim Phuc Phan Thi 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.
Phuc's incredible story was turned into a book called The Girl in the Picture and a documentary called Kim's Story: The Road from Vietnam.
In light of Phuc's struggle, she established a foundation to further heal the wounds of war. The Kim Foundation International is a nonprofit organization committed to funding programs to heal children in war torn areas of the world. It is named for Phuc, who wants to give back what so many gave to her to contribute to her healing.