Ibby Friday Dec 14 03:12 AM
December 14, 2012: Phan Thi Kim Phuc
I'm having trouble properly sourcing the second picture - found via Tumblr - as definitely being her, but as I've seen the photoset validated by quite a few fairly reliable tumblrs, I'm going to present what linkage I can find.
My heart goes out to civilian victims of political conflict around the world, in this season of goodwill towards man. It's uplifting to see a generally nameless and generic un-thought-about subject of such an iconic photograph follow up on her trauma with such powerful activism and visibility.
Sundae Friday Dec 14 05:52 AM
I think that photo is older than this year. I'm sure it was in her autobiography, which I read a couple of years ago.
BigV Friday Dec 14 12:36 PM
Sundae, from what you read of her autobiography, during her "no walk in the park", did she come through it alone or did she have allies? That second picture seems so serene, do you think she still has a chip on her shoulder?
glatt Friday Dec 14 12:59 PM
The photographer of that second image appears to be Joe McNally, who writes in his blog about how a few years ago he was working for Life magazine and was assigned the task of tracking her down and getting a current picture of her.
Sundae Friday Dec 14 03:04 PM
She had allies, but she found them in peculiar places. She was in no position to step out of the spotlight and simply be cared for by her family. She was a fighter though.
Her whole life was shaped first by the war and secondly by the physical trauma of her injuries.
As Glatt says, she was never allowed to be normal.
The life she had before simply did not exist. She lost family in the attack as well as her privacy and a life free from pain; napalm is the gift that keeps on giving. She also encountered racism in Canada (possibly still does when not recognised).
Not sure she has a chip on her shoulder per se. She embraces the country she lives in and has a strong Christian faith. She chose to use the injuries that put their stamp on her whole life and the curiousity of the public to do something to help others.
I admire her enormously. Physical disfigurement is hard to bear, let alone to celebrate and use to raise awareness.
footfootfoot Friday Dec 14 05:11 PM
Aliantha Friday Dec 14 07:10 PM
I know this thread is about the woman, but that baby is just gorgeous.
Leus Friday Dec 14 08:35 PM
Thank you, Internet. That picture haunted me when I was a kid, and continued to do so for years. Every time I see a documentary with that footage the feeling arose.
Trilby Saturday Dec 15 07:24 AM
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Dec 15 01:59 PM
CaliforniaMama Friday Dec 21 01:20 PM
When I first saw the pic of her holding (her?) baby, I was so focused on their beautiful faces that I thought she was wearing a lacy top.