Though I have no proof, I have always thought that the inspiration for Mitch Albom’s fifth person was Kim Phuc. Once known simply as the Girl in the Picture, Kim has become a tireless worker for the rights of children living through war, while at the same time spreading her message of forgiveness.
Today, we will watch a video about Kim’s life. If you have finished the book, you will quickly see the many connections between Kim and the fifth person; if you haven’t, I would like you to keep Kim’s life in your thoughts as you finish the story.
The first five minutes of this video contain graphic images.