Kim Phuc Phan Thi

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Kim Phuc Phan Thi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

The Vietnamese-born peace activist Kim Phuc Phan Thi is the living symbol of the suffering of innocent war victims. Her image of being burned by napalm during the Vietnam War raised worldwide awareness of the horrors of the War and made her the bearer of the message of forgiveness, reconciliation and tolerance.

In a commemorative ceremony for the Vietnam War, in Washington, as she was delivering a speech, she publicly pardoned the person who had launched the napalm bombing of her village in Vietnam.

Kim Phuc Phan Thi was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1994. Ever since, she has dedicated her life to promoting peace, and to this end she founded the Kim Foundation International. This foundation helps children who are victims of war by providing medical and psychological support in order that they overcome their traumatic experiences. 

Today, Kim Phuc lives in Canada with her husband and children and finance schools and hospitals’ projects worldwide, as in Uganda, Timor-Leste, Romania, Tadjikistan, Kenya and Afghanistan.

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