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Breakfast Friday, 20 September, 2002, 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK
Vietnam survivor
June 1972:Phan Thi Kim Phuc, centre, with her clothes torn off, flees with other South Vietnamese children after a misdirected aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places
This photograph shocked the world
Thirty years ago, a nine year old girl was pictured running in agony from her napalm-bombed village in Vietnam.

This image of touched millions around the world, and became an enduring symbol for the suffering of innocent victims.

But what happened to the little girl in the photograph?

Kim Phuc suffered more than 60 per cent burns, but she survived and grew up in Vietnam.

She's now become a goodwill ambassador for Unesco and she joined us in the studio this morning, to tell us her story.


"I was nine years old," she told us on this morning's programme. "I remember running from the temple.

"In front of the temple I saw the plane and four bombs landing. I didn't hear the explosion but I saw fire around me everywhere.

"It burned off my clothes and my left arm got burned. I was so scared I kept running and running."

Kim suffered 65 per cent burns and eventually underwent skin grafts covering 30 per cent of her body.

The experience has made her a resolute anti-war campaigner - and she's not in favour of the current moves to mount military action against Baghdad.

"We have to sit down and negotiate," she told Breakfast. "War causes distress and suffering."

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