Exactly a year ago, a photo of Indian flight attendant Nidhi Chaphekar became the defining image of the terror attack in the Brussels international airport. At the same time, photojournalist Ketevan Kardava, who also happened to be at the airport at the time of the blast and took Chaphekar's photograph, received flak for "stripping away her dignity".
On Tuesday, Chaphekar met Kardava in Brussels, where both of them took part in a memorial ceremony marking the first anniversary of the attack that killed 16 people at the airport and an equal number at a simultaneous attack in the Brussels metro.
"Meeting Nidhi was an amazing experience," the Georgian journalist told mediapersons. "I am very happy to find a close friend in her. We shared our experiences on that unfortunate day. She was grateful that I clicked her picture and shared it. That helped her family know she was alive. I hope she joins work and starts flying again soon."
It was the first time the two met since the worst terrorist attack in Belgium's history. Kardava had taken the photo of Nidhi in her smartphone, which was subsequently splashed in front pages of newspapers around the world.
It helped her family immediately know that Chaphekar, a stewardess with Jet Airways, was alive. The 41-year-old mother of two is still recovering from her injuries in the attack, where she suffered from 15 percent burns and fractured her leg. She has to wear protective gloves in both her hands for her burn injuries.
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