Meeting the family of the ‘girl in the picture’
After visiting Cu Chi on Veterans Day, my father and I stopped for an unforgettable lunch in Trang Bang: at the roadside noodle shop owned by the family of Kim Phuc, the famous “girl in the picture” who was photographed fleeing, screaming, naked down the road after a napalm attack in 1972. The humble shop is next to the town’s colorful Cao Dai temple, but aside from that and the photos of Kim – then and now – on the wall, we never would have found it without our tour guide.
During our meal, we met Kim’s adorable 3-year-old great-nephew, Dang Khoi Ho. He was shy at first, but warmed up after my father gave him three of my chocolate chip granola bars. (I didn’t need them that day anyway – the soup was delicious!)
And here, with my father—quite a change from the photo this family is most famous for: