The “Napalm Girl” helped 236 Ukrainian refugees in Canada

Phan Thị Kim Phúc, known as the girl in the famous 1972 Vietnam War napalm photo, helped 236 refugees from the war in Ukraine return to Canada on Monday.

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The iconic image of Phúc running naked down a road after being badly burned by napalm was etched on the plane that transported the refugee from Warsaw to the city of Regina, the capital of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Phúc, now 59 and a Canadian citizen, said she wanted her story and her work on behalf of refugees to be a message of peace.

Associated Press photographer Nick Ut won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of Phúc and other children fleeing a napalm attack in South Vietnam in June 1972.

With her husband, Bui Huy Toan, she traveled from Toronto to board the humanitarian plane to Poland.

The refugees, mostly women and children from across Ukraine, are among thousands of Ukrainians to whom Canada granted humanitarian visas following the Russian invasion.

Millions of Ukrainians have fled since the February 24 Russian attack and nearly 5.5 million have registered with humanitarian organizations in Europe, according to the United Nations.

236 Ukrainian refugees boarded a plane on Monday at Frederic Chopin Airport in Warsaw, the Polish capital, en route to the city of Regina, Canada.

Adele Matthews

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