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Remembering Vietnam: GOOD NEWS: The Girl in the Picture

Society & Culture  (tags: americans, world, Vietnam War, redeption, WAR, goodnews, safety )

- 1271 days ago -
Anyone who who lived through the Vietnam War period remembers the girl in the picture. The picture captures a terrible moment, while also raising a poignant question -- a question Jane Pauley sets out to answer in our Cover Story:


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. (0)
Sunday October 25, 2015, 8:39 am
Never forgot this image, and often wondered what became of the little girl. Proof that "living well is the best revenge?" Thanks for sharing, Cal.

Animae C (509)
Sunday October 25, 2015, 1:16 pm
Thanx Cal

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday October 25, 2015, 1:31 pm
Haunting image, but power possessors routinely forget. . .

Winn A (179)
Sunday October 25, 2015, 2:25 pm
I remember this picture like it was yesterday. Agree with Kathleen M.

Suzanne L (89)
Sunday October 25, 2015, 2:54 pm
I remember that picture too. Thank you for posting, otherwise I would have missed this story. It made me cry. Out of the deepest tragedy comes such a beautiful person.

Gene Jacobson (287)
Monday October 26, 2015, 10:51 am
I'll never forget that picture either, it is burned into my mind forever. I am so glad she survived and with such a wonderful spirit. I hope the laser treatment removes her pain forever. What a horrible thing war is - I spent a year there, but virtually every year since countless children have had their lives changed forever or ended for the same reasons and with increasingly horrific weapons. She survived, I am not sure our species should, we are capable of such horror and such beauty, but the one does not cancel out the other.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday October 26, 2015, 12:24 pm
The problem humans have with war, is that being reminded of how utterly barbaric and sick one can be towards one's fellow creatures, doesn't appear to shock sufficient people into saying, for once and for all, No.

Sarah Dyson (139)
Monday October 26, 2015, 1:40 pm
Oh, my friend I am sitting here bawling. Me, a person that has been in two conflicts and learned to never shed a tear because that was what was expected of me if I were to treat the wounded & dying. This woman has such a blessed testimony. Her faith is beyond explaining but that is what God can do. Thank you so much for posting this. It has renewed my faith to face yet more surgery. With God all things are possible. I cannot say any more.

Janet B (0)
Monday October 26, 2015, 2:03 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday October 26, 2015, 2:54 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.
I wondered what became of her, too. Sad that her life has been so physically painful; but so glad she may be helped now.

Birgit W (160)
Monday October 26, 2015, 3:22 pm
Heartbreaking! Nobody should have to endure what Kim had to experience. She must be a very strong lady.
I am sending her all my love.

Margarita R (24)
Monday October 26, 2015, 4:43 pm
I remember this picture and I find it wonderful that her life found a new way for living. She met the right people in the right moment and her spirit were not broken.She is today a pretty nice lady with a very important asignment
Thanks for sharing

Kate Kenner (215)
Monday October 26, 2015, 4:56 pm
It is one of those pictures that if you saw it you will never forget it. I remember this picture well as many of that era do.

marie C (163)
Monday October 26, 2015, 6:11 pm
I will never forget Vietnam I loathed every moment I was there eating cats and dogs and they still do openly every bar was full of pedaphiles I only have bad memories My daughter was working for the Siagon Childrens Society for her gap year what a pit of dishonesty cruelty and filth I was there for 3 weeks until I got my daughter to return back to UK smile to your face knife in your back

Rose Becke (141)
Monday October 26, 2015, 10:08 pm
It will and should haunt all of us

Roslyn McBride (26)
Tuesday October 27, 2015, 12:05 am
That is one time a picture is truly worth a thousand words. I've never once forgotten that picture over many years, & only found out relatively recently that little girl is a grown woman living in the U.S.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday October 27, 2015, 4:19 am
I clearly remember the picture,I just can't see the reason for writing the headline "Good News" Cal.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday October 27, 2015, 7:51 am
During the Anniversary of when the USA left Vietnam I came across some updates on this little girl, now woman, in my research. I'm glad that the photographer helped her and didn't just move on and she is now living in Canada and had two children of her own.

However, despite her marvelous healing of her mental and spiritual self, she still suffers pain in her skin from the damage done. There is a Dr. now in Miami that is treating that for her for free in hopes that most of her pain can be eliminated. What a blessing that will be when she finally no longer suffers the physical pain from that so long ago day that changed her life forever.

Marie, I'm not disputing what you say per personal experience but as an American I'm heartsick on what took place by our being in that Country, again our citizens lied to, we left behind Agent Orange, that continues this very day to rob other children of a good start in life. Our leadership also allowed many of our own children to go to that land and die there or come home with wounds and died in misery here.

All I'm saying is sometimes there is a reason that people act as they do, and maybe for good reason. I'm not defending ill behaviour just saying, sometimes people have been so abused by others, and not even just the USA invasion, but others as well, that a people who have been victimized and had their Country torn apart for too long don't always "act" as we think they should.

Nita L (127)
Tuesday October 27, 2015, 11:40 am
I remember like it was yesterday. I'm glad she is getting some help and found her soulmate. Thank you Cal.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 28, 2015, 12:33 am
I visited Vietnam over 10 years ago and came across the book over there. I was surprised to hear this little girl had survived and had such an extraordinary life. I really hope that she will manage to receive the necessary treatment to live pain free from now on. She certainly deserves it

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Wednesday October 28, 2015, 1:44 am
Kim Phuc The KIM Foundation
I cried for the pain Kim Phuc and so many other children suffered on that fateful day... napalm !
These many years later I still cry when I see her and read what she has to say.
The difference now is that she has found peace within herself.
Knowing that she is receiving treatments as discussed in the article and by Dandelion also makes me cry, happy tears that she is after all these years receiving medical help but that the pain she suffers is still there.
Cal thank you for caring to share Kim Phuc's story. I had forgotten the photographer was so compassionate!
I didn't know she was married with 2 children. She deserves all the blessings that Life has to give !

Miriam AWAY Site issues (61)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 6:41 am
Noted. Thanks, Cal. So heartbreaking to say the least!

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Monday January 18, 2016, 11:09 am
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