1972 “Napalm Girl” escorts Ukrainian refugees to Canada
Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the daughter of the famous 1972 Vietnam napalm attack photo, escorted 240 refugees from the war in Ukraine on a flight from Warsaw to Canada on Monday.
The Associated Press photo of Phuc in which she runs with her napalm-burnt body on display, was etched onto the private NGO plane that ferried the refugees to the provincial capital of Regina on Monday Saskatchewan Canadian.
Kim, 59, a Canadian citizen, said she wanted her story and her work for refugees to be a message of peace.
With her husband, Bui Huy Toan, she traveled from Toronto on the humanitarian flight.
The 236 refugees, mostly women and children from across Ukraine, are among thousands of Ukrainians for whom Canada provided humanitarian visas following Russia’s invasion of their country.
Millions of Ukrainians have fled since Russia attacked on February 24. Nearly 5.5 million have registered with humanitarian organizations in Europe, according to the UN.
Canada is one of many Western countries that provide safe haven for Ukrainian refugees.
The founder of the NGO Solidaire, the philanthropist and pilot Enrique Pineyro, piloted the Boeing 787. Oscar Camps, of the Catalan NGO Open Arms was also on board.
AP photographer Nick Ut took the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of Phan Thi Kim Phuc and other children fleeing a napalm attack in southern Vietnam in June 1972.