“The Girl in the Picture”

Living symbol of the Vietnam War visits Texas Tech lecture series.

Written by Jaryn Jones

Kim Phuc, known to most as “the girl in the picture,” will share her story at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 14) in the Allen Theater of the Student Union Building as part of a guest lecture series presented by Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Center and Archive.

In 1972, Phuc (pronounced “fook”) was photographed running down a road naked, screaming from burns to her skin, after a napalm strike on her village. The Pulitzer Prize-winning image became a worldwide symbol of the Vietnam War and raised awareness of the cruelties of war.

Phuc suffered third-degree burns that required years of operations and therapy. Today, she is able to share her story of recovery, forgiveness and courage as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Goodwill Ambassador for Peace.

Phuc currently runs The Kim Foundation International, a non-profit organization dedicated to children in war-torn areas. Its mission is to provide both medical and psychological assistance to help restore hope and happiness in children’s lives.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

Visit www.vietnam.ttu.edu for more information.

CONTACT: Mary Saffell, associate director, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-9010 or mary.saffell@ttu.edu.