When he first saw the picture in June , deep into the Vietnam War, the composer Hannibal Lokumbe could not shake it from his mind. A terrified, naked girl, arms out like crippled wings, is running down a road with other children. Behind them, soldiers walk, rifles askew. After seeing the picture, Lokumbe — who finished a three-year residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra this spring — immediately composed a piece, his first for strings, Children of the Fire, which will be performed Saturdayat the Episcopal Cathedral in West Philadelphia. Lokumbe will also perform an excerpt from Children of the Fire at the center. Want to know what's going on in Philly?
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The most influential photos always have a story attached to them. Napalm Girl, caught in a moment of desperation in , encapsulated the terror of the U. The legend of Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the girl in question, was simple and gratifying to opponents of the war. A young girl, naked, runs screaming toward the camera in agony after a napalm attack incinerated her village, her clothes, and then her skin. That girl is Kim Phuc. She was 9 years old in when she was photographed, screaming in pain after a U. Except for the part where none of that narrative is true, the story of Napalm Girl is indeed very powerful.
The year-old, who now lives in Canada, was handed the Dresden Prize for her support of Unesco and children wounded in war, the organisers said. She was also honoured for speaking out publicly against violence and hatred. Ms Phuc was nine-years-old in when a South Vietnamese plane dropped napalm bombs on her village in the belief it harboured North Vietnamese troops. In , Ms Phuc travelled from Canada to Miami to visit a dermatologist who specialises in laser treatments for burn patients, in the hopes it would relieve the aches and pains caused by the burns. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more.
That little girl has grown up. She will share her story at p. June 8 in the Alumni Lounge of the Pyle Center, a co-sponsor of the event. Tickets are not required. These were not bombs that fell heavily from the sky, as I had heard that bombs would do; no, these bombs all but floated down. There was something sinister in those cans. She was left for dead in a morgue with burns covering her body.