The Belgian musician Eric Geurts was deeply impressed by story of Kim Phuc. She was the young screaming Vietnamese girl running naked after a napalm attack in the famous black and white picture that iconized the horrible Vietnam war. He found out that she was now an adult woman leading a peace foundation in Canada.
After reading Denise Chong's biography about the life of Kim, Eric decided to dedicate a song to Kim Phuc. That is how "The girl in the picture" was born.
"The girl in the picture" was written and produced by Eric. A difficult song to write, it captures the painful events of Kim's past with her remarkable strength emerging out of a desire to heal and forgive. Yanah sang the song, and forty children aged 6 to 14 belonging to the Mozaiek choir participated in the recording of "The girl in the picture". A string quartet arrangement was added as the final touch to the piano song.
The single CD was released on the Flying Snowman Records label. All profits of the song were and are still given to the Kim Foundation International.
Composed and produced by Eric Geurts.
Published by Flying Snowman Publishing / Imag!ne Mus!c Publishing
(Please look below for photo copyrights)
Musicians on the recording:
Eric Geurts: electric guitars, samples, string arrangement
Bert Van Daele: piano and engineering
Wouter Berlaen: double bass
Dré Pallemaerts: drums
Walter Mets: tambourine
Frank Michiels: shaker
Mozaïek choir conducted by Krista De Kinder
Mark Steylaerts, Véronique Gilis, Marc Tooten, Hans Vandaele: strings
The live band:
Eric Geurts: guitar
Bert Van Daele: piano
Wouter Van Daele: bass
Mathieu Verfaillie: drums
Please support the Kim Foundation International and buy the song on iTunes! https://embed.music.apple.com/be/album/the-girl-in-the-picture-napalm-girl/128448912?i=128449507
You can also buy the cd on Kim's website.
More info: http://www.kimfoundation.com
The concept of the Kim Foundation International was inspired by Kim Phuc - an innocent victim of the Vietnam War at the age of nine. On June 8, 1972, Kim's village of Trang Bang came under attack by South Vietnamese planes, which mistakenly dropped napalm on a Buddhist pagoda in an area where the North Vietnamese were infiltrating. While running for safety with other children, Kim was severely burned by the napalm.
The famous photograph of Kim Phuc taken by the Pulitzer Prize winning AP photographer, Huyng Cong Nick Ut, is evidence of the cruelty of war toward child victims, and became a symbol of civilian suffering in the Vietnam War. Kim suffered many years of painful burn therapy, but she always longed to reach out and help other children who were victimized by war.
Her incredible strength and spirit are evident when she speaks about forgiveness and helping children. The Kim Foundation International may have been inspired by her pain, but its focus is on world peace and healing.
Picture 1 (the famous black and white picture, cd Yanah, Belgium, 2003): Nick Ut/Associated Press, 1972.
Picture 2 (backsleeve of the cd, Belgium, 2003)
Picture 3 (Kim in yellow-green-white dress on War Child event, Holland, 2018) : Genevieve Achard
Picture 4 (Kim in the middle of the crowd, Uganda, 2004): Stephen McGee
Picture 5 (Kim & Nick Ut, 2012)
Picture 6 (Kim & Yanah, showing the cd, Belgium, 2003) : Remo Beutels
Picture 7 (backsleeve of the cd, Belgium, 2003)
Picture 8 (Kim in red, holding hand of a little boy, Uganda, 2004): Stephen McGee
Picture 9 (Kim holding the face of a little boy, Uganda, 2004) Stephen McGee
Picture 10 (Kim with her husband Toan, Toronto, 2012): Richard Kimball
Picture 11 (Kim with her two sons: Thomas and Stephen, Thomas' wedding, 2015): Steven Stafford
Picture 12 (Kim with her grandson Kalel, Toronto, 2017): Anne Bayin
Picture 13 (Kim in red standing with children on the floor, Uganda, 2004): Stephen McGee
Picture 14 (Kim in red at the Uganda Day and Boarding School, Uganda, 2004) : Stephen McGee
Picture 15 (Kim holding a child, Ghana Lasivenu Primary School Project, Ghana, 2009) : John Denbok
Picture 16 (the children choir singing the song, Belgium, 2003)
Picture 17 (Kim in red dress for promotion of her book "Het Napalmmeisje", Holland, 2018)
Picture 18 (Yanah handing over the first copy of the cd to Kim on the press conference, Belgium, 2003) : Remo Beutels
Picture 19 (Kim in Belgium, memorial of WW I, 2013)
Picture 20 (Kim with Eric and Yanah on the cd press conference, Belgium, 2003)
Picture 21 (Kim with Bert and Mathieu on the cd press conference, Belgium, 2003)
Picture 22 (Kim with Wouter and Mathieu on the cd press conference, Belgium, 2003)
Picture 23 (Kim with Eric at Unesco, signing of the cd, France, 2006) : Genevieve Achard
Picture 24 ("We cannot change history, but with love we can heal the future") : Illustrations and top photo by Anne Bayin (2014), bottom photo by Nick Ut/Associated Press (1972).