Prayers for Beslan, One Year Later

THE WORLD REMEMBERS THE CHILDREN OF THE BESLAN MASSACRE,
MOVING VIDEO HERE

The boy from Beslan…

One of the most striking images seen in the coverage of the Beslan School massacre was this shot of a terrified young Beslan boy sitting in the gymnasium where he was being held by the Chechen terrorists. What happened to the boy from Beslan?… You will have to watch the BBC video above to hear more about his fate.

Lining up the dead children

The first day of classes.
Children dressed in their new clothes for the school year.
Mothers excited about meeting the new teachers.
Saying hello to your best friends again…

Watching the young girls being brought into another room.
Forced to clean up the blood off the floors.
Drinking urine to stay alive.
Dragging your younger brother through the halls.
Pulling his limp body through a broken window.

Family and friends of those killed and injured will join former hostages at the charred, crumbling shell of School Number One.

They will bring flowers and candles to the sports hall where more than 1,300 people were held captive for three days and where armed extremists strung bombs from the basketball hoops.

The gym is now papered with photographs of those who died here – children, teachers and parents and those killed trying to save them.

331 dead. 186 children.

The trial for the lone surviving Beslan terrorist is continuing in North Ossetia.

One of the 32 terrorists was a Saudi.

At School No. 1’s gymnasium, where more than 1,100 people mostly children endured nearly three days of heat, thirst, hunger and fear, color photographs of the victims hang on bullet-scarred walls alongside faded graffiti begging victims’ forgiveness.

The attack ended Sept. 3 when Russian forces stormed the school after explosions were heard inside. More than half the hostages who died were children.


Today a world prays for Beslan.

Previous Posts on Beslan:
Beslan Terrorist on Trial
Another Central Asian Leader Resigns
Beslan Terrorist Trial in Ossetia
Beslan Terrorists Planned More Attacks
Beslan & World Children’s Day
More Sad News from Beslan
Beslan Children Recall Their Horror in Court

Update: (Thursday AM) I am especially grateful to The Jawa Report for refusing to forget Beslan…
“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”

Six Meat Buffet has more on Beslan.

Update: Women in Beslan go on hunger strike, sleep in shell that was once a school gymnasium:

A member of the Beslan Mothers Committee, Marina Melikova, told the agency that at least 30 women stayed in the gym hall overnight. Another group of about 40 people spent the night at the cemetery where 331 victims of the terrorist attack are buried.

During the memorial ceremonies marking the first anniversary of the hostage-taking in the North Ossetian town the remains of the school building are being heavily guarded. People who want to pay their respects to the victim’s and to lay flowers along the walls of school No. 1 have to first pass through metal detectors.

A group of women from the Beslan Mothers Committee accompanied by the republic’s President Taimuraz Mamsurov has left for Moscow where they will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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