The adults were out when the children heard the plane overhead and fled, trying to outrun their terror. One of them was nine-year-old Phuc who, in a moment captured by photographer Nick Ut, was shown screaming as she ran naked down the road, having stripped off her clothes to rid herself of the poison on her skin. Ho, then 10 years old, ran alongside her cousin. The image, for which Ut won a Pulitzer prize, was widely credited with turning the tide of public opinion against the war. Decades later, it lives on as one of the most iconic images of the century. As she has for thousands of days before, Ho sits patiently in the relentless Trang Bang heat on Thursday, occupying one of the weathered plastic chairs in her dusty roadside cafe, footsteps away from where her pain was immortalised. A framed print of the photograph hangs from a post. But the day is not completely unremarkable: it is the eve of the 40 th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and Ut, as he does every time he returns to Vietnam, has come to visit. Forty years ago, on 30 April , North Vietnamese tanks rolled into the former Saigon, seizing the South Vietnamese capital and capping a humiliating defeat for the US after a misguided decade of war.
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Ajax, Ontario, Canada CNN Even without the benefit of context, the image of a naked 9-year-old girl running for her life is as searing and indelible today as it was 43 years ago. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Girl in iconic Vietnam photo still carries scars Story highlights You might not know her name, but you've probably seen a photo of Kim Phuc She is well-known as the terrified young girl in an iconic photo from the Vietnam War Now she lives near Toronto as a wife, mother and United Nations ambassador for peace She preaches a message of forgiveness rooted in Christian faith. Photos: Vietnam napalm attack.
Skip to content. A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. The terrified girl had ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing.
On television screens and magazine pages around the world, photographs told a story of a fight that only got more confusing, more devastating, as it went on. And, in the decades since, the most striking of those images have retained their power. Think of the War in Vietnam and the image in your mind is likely one that was first captured on film, and then in the public imagination. How those photographs made history is underscored throughout the new documentary series The Vietnam War , from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The series features a wide range of war images, both famous and forgotten.