‘Napalm Girl’ in iconic Vietnam war photo Kim Phuc receives prize for peace work

Kim Phuc, known as the “Napalm Girl” in an iconic 1972 Vietnam War photo, is receiving a €10,000 award in Germany for her work for peace.

Organisers of the Dresden Prize say the 55-year-old, who now lives in Canada, is being honoured for her support of Unesco and children wounded in war, and for speaking out publicly against violence and hatred.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>South Vietnamese forces follow after terrified children, including nine-year-old Kim Phuc, centre (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)</figcaption>
South Vietnamese forces follow after terrified children, including nine-year-old Kim Phuc, centre (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Past recipients of the prize include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and American civil rights activist Tommie Smith.

Ms Phuc was nine when a South Vietnamese plane dropped napalm bombs on her village, believing it harboured enemy North Vietnamese troops.

The scene of Ms Phuc running down a road crying, naked and with burns across her body was captured by photographer Nick Ut, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

- Press Association

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