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Photo/ Ketevan Kardava

Story Behind A Photo of Georgian Journalist, That Have Been Seen Around World

Bloomberg, Reuters, Business Insider and other media giants repeatedly showed a picture of two injured women, clothes ripped and covered in dust, sat in Brussels’ Zaventem Airport after a suicide bombing took place.

An author of the picture is Georgian journalist Ketevan Kardava who told Time magazine she was waiting in the departure hall when the first explosion happened just metres away from her.

Kardava was on her way to Geneva to report on talks between Russia and her home country, Georgia, when the first of two suicide bombers detonated his explosive vest. “Doors and windows were flying,” Kardava tells TIME. “Everything was dust and smoke. Around me there were dozens of people without legs, lying in blood.” Her first instinct was to look down at her own legs. “I couldn’t believe I still had my legs. I was in a state of shock.”

Less than a minute later, the second explosion sent everyone running for their lives. “I wanted to run to a safe place too,” she says. “But I also wanted to take pictures. As a journalist, it was my duty to take these photos and show the world what was going on. I knew I was the only one at this spot.”