Reunited with the Vietnamese ‘girl in the picture’
Published on May 19th, 2010 | by Admin0
When Chris last saw Kim, she was lying on a hospital bed with third-degree burns to more than half of her body, after a South Vietnamese napalm bomb attack.
It was 8 June 1972 and Chris and his crew had been in Vietnam for seven weeks, covering the conflict for ITN.
He remembers the day clearly: “That morning we’d arrived at the village of Trang Bang, which had been infiltrated by the North Vietnamese two days earlier. They were dug in, awaiting a counter-attack.
“In the late morning, two vintage Vietnamese bombers started to circle overhead – this wasn’t anything unusual, but because we had been into the village we knew something was going wrong.”
Many of the villagers had already fled to the shelter of a temple, among them nine-year-old Kim.
“We thought this would be a safe place – but then I saw the plane – it got so close,” she remembers.
“I heard the noise of the bombs then suddenly I saw the fire everywhere around me.
“I was terrified and I ran out of the fire. I saw my brother and my cousin. We just kept running. My clothes were burnt off by the fire.”