This is the heart-rending moment that Indian children’s rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi placed a tender, consoling kiss on the head of Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai after the latter was overcome at the sight of the blood-splattered school uniform she was wearing the day the Taliban attacked her.
The uniform is part of a Nobel Peace exhibition in the Norwegian capital Oslo.
Mr Satyarthi and Malala were visiting the exhibition a day after the duo shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
While touring the exhibition Malala came across the clothes which she had donated to the exhibition.
The bloodied blue and white uniform is a stark reminder of the day back in October 2012 when Malala was shot at point blank range as she was making her way to school in Pakistan’s restive Swat valley.
She had been targeted for her campaign calling for all girls to be able to go to school.
Malala, who has earned a reputation for her public composure and confidence, broke down at the sight of the uniform.
Satyarthi, 60, attempted to comfort the girl he has described as a “daughter”, with a hug and a kiss on the head.
“You are so brave, you are so brave,” he was quoted by the Norwegian news agency NTB as saying.
On Wednesday, Malala became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Satyarthi shared the prize for his 35-year battle to free thousands of Indian children from virtual slave labour.
This is the first time Malala’s uniform is being shown in public.
Image courtesy of Agence France Press.