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Kim Phuc, Immortalized in Iconic Vietnam War Photo, Speaks in Chapel

At ten years old, Kim Phuc became known throughout the world for a photograph that captured a truly horrific moment in her life.
In 1972, South Vietnamese planes accidentally dropped napalm on her village. The iconic photo captured Kim running naked from the village, with severe napalm burns over her body, and unimaginable pain etched on her face. It is one of the most stark reminders of the horrors of war.

Today, Kim Phuc is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and founder of a foundation that provides medical and psychological support to children who are victims of war. She spoke eloquently about her experiences and her life journey, including a powerful message on how she learned to forgive. She spoke as part of the Hunt Lecture Series, established in 2012 by Belmont Hill parents Bill and Yuko Hunt to bring speakers to campus who model global citizenship and can inspire generations of Belmont Hill boys to embrace the challenges and opportunities of an interconnected world.

Please enjoy the talk in its entirety.
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