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The wounds of Beslan

Monday, September 01, 2014 - 01:33

GRAPHIC IMAGES: On the 10th anniversary of a school siege in Russia's Beslan, that killed more than 330 people, mothers of victims renew call for an objective investigation. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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***GRAPHIC IMAGES*** People fill a gymnasium in Beslan Russia where some ten years ago 330 hostages were slaughtered most of them children. For many the grief has never gone away. On September 1, 2004, dozens of masked gunmen seized the school, wired it with explosives and demanded independence for and an end to the war in Chechnya. Two days later Russian forces stormed the school. Loved ones are still looking for answers. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) BESLAN MOTHERS COMMITTEE LEADER, SUSANNA DUDIEVA, SAYING: "Today we want to talk again about how we, the victims of terrorism, have for a long time sought justice, for a long time sought the truth from the justice system of the Russian Federation. We are lawfully-abiding citizens; we are the parents of the child victims of terrorism, but we haven't gotten the truth or an objective investigation." The European Court has been asked to review whether Russian security forces took adequate measures to preserve the hostages' lives and whether investigative bodies failed to find the responsible parties. After 10 years, only one person had been found guilty. Cold comfort for those left to pick up the pieces of lives forever shattered.

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The wounds of Beslan

Monday, September 01, 2014 - 01:33