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It's a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War: Nine-year-old Kim Phuc running in agony moments after napalm bombs fell from the sky, bringing hellish fire that burned away her clothing and seared deep into her skin.
Left for dead in a hospital morgue, Kim miraculously survived—but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her beloved home and village, her country's freedom, as well as her childhood innocence and happiness. Kim's coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns, unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, and being handled for political propaganda. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul?
Fire Road is a story of both unrelenting horror and unexpected hope, a harrowing tale of life changed in an instant. Struggling to find answers in a world that only seemed to bring anguish, Kim ultimately discovers strength in someone who had suffered himself, transforming her tragedy into an unshakable faith.
A percentage of the author's proceeds from her book, Fire Road, will go to supporting The Kim Foundation International which helps children in war zones.
Kim Phuc Phan Thi is a UNESCO Goodwill ambassador who travels to hundreds of events every year around the world. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her commitment to global peace and reconciliation. this includes six honorary doctorates—including doctorates of law from York University, Queens University, and University of Lethbridge—for her work supporting child victims of war around the world through the nonprofit organization KIM Foundation International.
She helped launch the Restoring Heroes Foundation, an organization that servers military and first-responders who have suffered traumatic scars, burns, or amputations by providing them access to state-of-the-art medical treatment. Kim and her husband have two grown sons and live in the Toronto area.