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‘Napalm Girl’ Kim Phuc receives German prize for peace work

/ 09:14 PM February 11, 2019
'Napalm Girl' Kim Phuc receives German prize for peace work

In this Sept. 25, 2015 photo, Kim Phuc poses for a photo at a hotel in Miami. AP

BERLIN — Kim Phuc, known as the ‘Napalm Girl’ in an iconic 1972 Vietnam War photo, is receiving 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, is being honored Monday for her support of UNESCO and children wounded in war, and for speaking out publicly against violence and hatred.

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

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

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

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