May 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May Speaker – Kim Phuc Phan Thi
Mrs. Kim Phuc Phan Thi, the Napalm Girl, will share her story of unexpected survival, a life in constant pain as the tool of a communist regime, love, family, and the unshakable, life-altering faith that set her free. It’s a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War: Nine-year-old Kim Phuc Phan Thi running in agony moments after napalm bombs fell from the sky, bringing hellish fire that burned away her clothing and seared deep into her skin. Left for dead in a hospital morgue, Kim miraculously survived—but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her beloved home and village, her country’s freedom, as well as her childhood innocence and happiness. Kim’s coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns, unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, and being handled for political propaganda. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul? Kim Phuc Phan Thi’s story of both unrelenting horror and unexpected hope, is a harrowing tale of life changed in an instant. Struggling to find answers in a world that only seemed to bring anguish, Kim ultimately discovers strength in someone who had suffered himself, transforming her tragedy into an unshakable faith.
Kim Phuc Phan Thi, known as the ‘Napalm Girl’ in an iconic 1972 Vietnam War photo, has received a 10,000 euro ($11,350) award in Germany for her work for peace. Organizers of the Dresden Prize say the 55-year-old, who now lives in Canada,was honoured on Monday February 11th 2019 for her support of UNESCO and children wounded in war, and for speaking out publicly against violence and hatred.