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‘The Girl in the Picture’ can relate to Plight of Syrian Refugees

Sunday, April 3, 2016 @ 4:00 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Kim Phuc, ‘The Girl in the Picture,’ shared her message of hope at last night’s 12th annual Dr. Bob Ewert Memorial Lecture and Dinner at the Civic Centre.

Kim Phuc - photo 250News

Kim Phuc – photo 250News

At the age of nine it was Phuc photographed running naked up a road with her skin on fire in unbearable pain. It was the most iconic photo of the Vietnam War.

Prior to her key-note speech she sat down with local media for an interview which touched on her impressions of the challenges facing the thousands of Syrian refugees recently admitted into this country.

“I relate to them so much because yes, being a refugee myself 24 years ago,” said Phuc. “I know how much hope that I had in that time seeking freedom and I’m so thankful that Canada received me as a refugee.”

However she also remembers how challenging it was when she first arrived in Toronto.

“I went through a very hard time and I was alone with my husband, we had nothing, no money, no friends, no knowledge of the country,” said Phuc.

“And all I knew about Canada was the weather was cold, people spoke two languages, and then I saw the Canadian flag, so beautiful, that’s all I knew.”

But she said the generosity of the Canadians is what helped her get through it.

“They helped me so much and I learned from zero. They helped me day and night. There were a lot of challenges. That’s why I relate so much to the refugees, it’s a similar situation but it’s a different time.”


An interview with Kim that contains original footage. There were many people who came up to the person who shot this video and took those picture that said; “because I saw this I did not join the war”. When I see this and apply it to today, I see little Syrian kids running down the road. Same chite, different day.

www .youtube.com/watch?v=O6t7Tb6hi-E

The Dr Bob Ewert Memorial Lecture and Dinner is the 12th annual and is the premiere fund raising event for the Northern Medical Programs Trust. The full house event at the Civic Center was attended by Doctors, Politicans, Donars and medical students.
The MC opening remarks recognized the event was taking place on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh and would xxxx as a representative please come up and say a few welcoming words.
Long silence…….
Longer silence………
MC then says, ok carrying on with the program…..
A band representative had not shown up.
How disrespectful to the audience and especially the invited Internationally recognized speaker for the band to not have a member show up.
Why are we bothering to even recognize that “we” are on their traditional territory? Are the FN now getting complacent?

    Well put Frankie. We go out of our way to show respect for their local heritage and history in the area and their representative pulls a no-show at an important annual fundraiser. Maybe the local first nation is so used to receiving that it’s forgotten how to give back to our community. This just in – 2 way streets run in both directions.

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