This tiny Pakistani boy is clutching a whip made from chains and blades as he prepares to flagellate himself to mark the Muslim festival of Ashura.
The young child, who looks barely old enough to understand what is happening, has a look of fear in his eyes as he clutches the razor-sharp flail.
With small cuts already visible on his tiny face, and wearing no shirt on his back, the young Shiite Muslim boy was pictured as he prepared to take part in Ashura commemorations in the city of Peshawar, in Pakistan yesterday.
Other pictures from the same religious procession show men and boys covered in blood, and pools of crimson on the ground, as devotees whipped and cut themselves to mark the religious holiday.
A Pakistani Shiite Muslim boy prepares to flagellate himself with chains and blades a day ahead of the commemoration of Ashura, in Peshawar, Pakistan