Pulitzer-winning photographer captures heart-wrenching moments of Vietnam War

By Hoang Trong, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Van Anh holds the famous photo named "Flee to safety" in which he is one of the characters. Photo: Hoang Trong

Kyoichi Sawada, a Japanese photographer with United Press International, received the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Photography for his pictures of the Vietnam War.
One of these photographs was also named "World Press Photo of the Year" in 1965. “Flee to safety” shows two Vietnamese mothers and three children wading across a river at a rural village in Binh Dinh Province to escape a US bombing.
The three children in the photos are still alive. They are Nguyen Van Anh, 64, and his sister Nguyen Thi Kim Lien, 58, and Nguyen Thi Hue, a 52-year-old woman.
Tran Thi Ba, the mother of Anh and Lien, and Le Thi Dao, Hue’s mother, have passed away.
Sawada died together with Frank Frosch, UPI bureau chief, in 1970 on their way to the Kirirom Pass in Cambodia.
In 1989, his wife visited Loc Thuong Village, where Sawada shot the famous photo “Flee to safety” and gave Anh an album of his photos taken in Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia between 1954 and 1970.
The album includes heart-rending photos depicting Vietnamese people during the war from 1965-1970.
Below are some of the most memorable photos in this personal collection. 
 

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