Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the girl in Nick Ut’s iconic Pulitzer prize winning photo from the Vietnam war is set to come to Dongguan in May. Phuc who now works as an international humanitarian and is a UN Goodwill Ambassador will speak at a conference aimed at promoting peace, arranged by ISD international school.
In the summer of 1972, during the height of the Vietnam War, Phuc was photographed as she ran screaming, naked and covered in burns from a South Vietnamese napalm attack. The next day the photo was on the front of the New York Times, and went on to become the defining image of the Vietnam War, perhaps all war.
The conference will take place at ISD international school in Nancheng over two days, and there will be a gala at Wanda Vista Hotel, Dongcheng.
It will be Phuc’s first trip to China, and she is expected to tell students and delegates about her experience and to extoll her message of forgiveness and that while we cannot change the past, we can all work together for a peaceful future.