When I wrote last week about Heart-Wrenching Photos, I purposely did not include this tragedy. I wanted to write a separate blog post.
On June 8, 1972, South Vietnamese Airforce dropped the flaming napalm bomb on civilians. 9 year old girl, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, who was playing with her cousins in the street was caught in that. Her clothes were burnt. She had to rip her burning clothes off and run naked for safety.
This was the most iconic image of Vietnam War.
This picture was taken by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut, He won a Pulitzer Prize for this.
When this photo was published in the New York Times, the whole U.S. population shook.
Later Phan Thi Kim Phuc defected to Canada and she now lives there.
Want to know the effect of napalm bomb attack? Major portion of a city will be burnt and destroyed. When a napalm bomb is dropped, this is how the place looks like.
Here is a photo of that girl and the photographer on June 8, 2012 on the 40th anniversary of that incident.