While predictions for a swift end to the Vietnam conflict continue, there are thousands of innocent civilians who can only look forward to the day when they are cured of afflictions suffered during the hostilities.
SV & CU Bare back with napalm scars
CU Girl and family
CU Girl writing
CU Paralysed arm
GV & CU Girl studying
GV Girl walking
GV Family's shattered home
GV Girl's present shelter
Initials BB/1631 RW/AH/BB/1640
This film is by the National Broadcasting Company of America.
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Background: While predictions for a swift end to the Vietnam conflict continue, there are thousands of innocent civilians who can only look forward to the day when they are cured of afflictions suffered during the hostilities.
People like Kim Phuc, a napalm victim who is still partially paralysed in one arm, will bear burn scars for the rest of her life. Kim Phuc's picture was seen around the world last June--the stark photograph of her fleeing, naked, from her burning village became almost a symbol of the war.
Kim Phuc was badly burned in the attack on her village--which turned out to have been made in error by a South Vietnamese aircraft. Her young nephew died from napalm burns, but surgeons in Saigon managed to save Kim's life. But while she was in hospital her home was destroyed by another raid. The family now eke a living in a shelter made from the shattered remains of their previous home. Kim's father says she is too young to be bitter, and refuses to blame anyone--"It's just the war."
SYNOPSIS: Kim Phuc looks much like any other young girl in South Vietnam.
Until you see her back. Kim was one of the victims of a napalm attack made by mistake on her village last June. Her nephew died, but surgeons in Saigon saved Kim's life, though she'll always be scarred.
Kim has gradually been able to resume a normal life.
She's back at school now.
But her left arm is still partially paralysed. Still, Kim is grateful that she's now free from pain. Her father, Phan Thanh Tung, says she is too young to be bitter - although while she was in hospital a second South Vietnamese bombing attack--again a mistake--destroyed her home. Now the family live in a house built from the debris.