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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Kim Phuc - UNESCO Ambassador
Image: © 2009 Wheat Images

Kim Phuc Attends International Needs Monaco Fundraiser

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - In the Music Room on board the historic luxury yacht, S.S. Delphine, theirEarth took this photo (May 9, 2009) of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Kim Phuc. She is known to many as the girl seen running away from a Napalm attack during the Vietnam war in the famous June 8, 1972 photo taken by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Nick Ut. Seriously burned from the Napalm fire, Kim Phuc was in hospital for 14 months and underwent seventeen surgeries to repair the burns to her body. Today, almost 37 years later, she lives in Canada, near Toronto, and since November 10, 1997 has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on behalf of the United Nations.

The charity function that UNESCO Ambassador Kim Phuc attended, inmonaco (International Needs Monaco), runs support infrastructure projects throughout the world in countries like Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, India, The Philippines, Romania, and Sri Lanka. Christophe Sosso, International Needs Monaco's President, says the focus of the organization is on helping children by sponsoring community projects, like constructing and maintaining new schools in regions of need, and other volunteer support projects.

The yacht upon which we photographed Kim Phuc, the S.S. Delphine, has its own history to tell. It was launched in 1921 at River Rouge, Michigan, U.S.A. and built for Horace Dodge, who was one of the founding Dodge Brothers, and part of the family behind the American car brand Dodge Automobiles. The S.S. Delphine spent its early life cruising the Great Lakes and was used for many social functions in those days. In WWII she was commandeered as an Admiral's flagship and was then returned to the Dodge Family after the war. Between 1998 and 2003 the S.S. Delphine underwent a thorough complete restoration in Brugge, Belgium, and since September 2003, she has operated as a charter vessel in the Mediterranean with her home port being Monaco.

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