“The Girl in the Photograph” and “Children of Fire”

In 1972, the jazz trumpeter and composer Hannibal Lokumbe was so taken with the famed “The Girl in the Photograph” image of nine-year-old Kim Phuc naked and fleeing a napalm attack in South Vietnam that he wrote an orchestral suite called “Children of Fire” in her honor. On December 9, 2019, Lokumbe led a performance of the work at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. Kim Phuc, who is now 55 and a physician and peace activist who lives in Canada, attended the performance.

You can read details about that moving evening on the WITF radio web page.


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