- Title: RUSSIA: MOURNING OF BESLAN FAMILIES 40 DAYS ON FROM SIEGE.
- Date: 14th October 2004
- Summary: (EU) BESLAN, NORTH OSSETIA, RUSSIA (OCTOBER 13, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. RUINS OF SCHOOL NUMBER ONE'S GYMNASIUM BUILDING/ PEOPLE VISITING SITE/ VARIOUS OF FLOWERS LAID 2. MAN LOOKING AT TRIBUTES LEFT IN RUINS OF GYMNASIUM 3. FLOWERS AT SITE 4. EXTERIOR OF APARTMENT BLOCK 5. INTERIOR OF HOME OF THE RUDIK FAMILY/ TRADITIONAL MOURNING FEAST BEING LAID OUT ON TABLE 6. BREAD ON TABLE 7. PHOTOGRAPHS OF LARISA RUDIK (32) AND HER DAUGHTERS JANA (14) AND JULIA (12) WHO ALL DIED IN THE SCHOOL SIEGE 8. WOMAN RELATIVES HUGGING EACH OTHER AND CRYING 9. MEN OF THE FAMILY 10. CLOSE-UP OF GRIEVING FACE OF ONE OF THE MALE FAMILY MEMBERS 11. CROWDS AT BESLAN'S CEMETERY 12. VARIOUS OF THE RUDIK FAMILY AT THE GRAVESIDES OF LARISA,JANA AND JULIA 13. SERGEI RUDIK, HUSBAND OF LARISSA AND FATHER OF JANA AND JULIA BEING FAMILY MEMBER BEING COMFORTED AT GRAVESIDE AS HE SITS AND WEEPS 14. INTERIOR OF BESLAN'S TEACHERS' COMMITTEE, SET UP TO HELP VICTIMS OF THE SCHOOL SIEGE TRAGEDY/ ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE COMMITTEE, BESARION ASAYEV SPEAKING ON THE PHONE 15. COMPUTER SCREEN, WITH LIST OF VICTIMS 16. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) BESARION ASAYEV, ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF BESLAN'S TEACHERS' COMMITTEE SAYING: "We continue gathering money at the moment for distribution, but we have not managed to pay out from the money we have collected, not even to half of the victims; about 600 people have not received a payment." 17. WOMEN AT THE TEACHER'S COMMITTEE OFFICE 18. INTERIOR OF THE HOME OF THE METDVZIEV FAMILY/ IRINA METDVZIEV, HER SON AZAMAT (7), DAUGHTER FARIZA (9) AND GRANDMOTHER ZARA SITTING ON THE SOFA. IRINA AND HER TWO CHILDREN WERE HOSTAGES AT THE SCHOOL NUMBER ONE AND SURVIVED THE SIEGE 19. CLOSE-UP OF 7-YEAR-OLD AZAMAT 20. CLOSE-UP OF CHILDREN'S BOOK 21. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) IRINA METDVZIEV, SAYING: "They (Azamat and Fariza) do not even want to hear about going to school, they want to see their teachers and their friends but they don't want to go and be inside a classroom." 22. AZAMAT, FARIZA AND A FRIEND PLAYING COMPUTER GAME 23. (SOUNDBITE)(Russian) IRINA METDVZIEVSAYING: "I don't trust that they [government officials] will be able to investigate this crime; they have told us that they don't need our testimony. Do we have to chase them, to give them our version of events?" 24. AZAMAT, FARIZA AND A FRIEND PLAYING COMPUTER GAME Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 29th October 2004 13:00
- Location: BESLAN, NORTH OSSETIA, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVAMPTRXL4DQ0XCQJSNYPTTPAQY
- Story Text: A 40-day mourning period for the victims of the
Beslan school siege ends, but the pain of those left behind
A 40-day mourning period has ended for the victims
of the Beslan school siege in southern Russia.
More than 330 people, half of them children, died on
Sept. 3 in the world's worst hostage disaster when a
two-day siege by Russian security forces ended in bomb
blasts and shooting.
The gymnasium, where more than 1,000 parents, teachers
and children were held captive and where many victims died,
has become the centrepiece for the town's grief.
But the pain of the tragedy and the terrible memories
of what happened at the town's School Number One during
three fateful days in September is likely to remain with
those who lost loved ones and those who survived the siege,
for a long time to come.
On Wednesday (October 13), the Rudik family held a
traditional mourning feast at their home for their loved
ones, killed in the school siege. Larisa Rudik, 32, and her
two daughters Julia,12, and Jana, 14, died during the
storming of the school on Sept. 3.
After the mourning feast, Larisa's husband Sergei and
other relatives visited the gravesides at Beslan's main
cemetery. The family have not received any form of official
help from the authorities. Like may others in Beslan, they
have relied on local community assistance and help from
newly formed organisations such as the local Teachers'
The group was set-up in the immediate aftermath of the
tragedy, accepting donations from across Russia and from
abroad. But the Teachers' Committee has had a tough job
trying to distribute the funds to the Beslan victims'
"We continue gathering money at the moment for
distribution, but we have not managed to pay out from the
money we have collected, not even to half of the victims;
about 600 people have not received a payment," said one of
the founders of the Teachers' Committee, Besarion Asayev.
Across town, the Metdvziev family is one of the luckier
ones. Incredibly, Irina Metdvziev, and her two children,
7-year-old son Azamat, and 9-year-old daughter Fariza, all
survived the siege.
Like many of the children that survived, Azamat and
Fariza are traumatised by their ordeal.
"They (Azamat and Fariza) do not even want to hear
about going to school, they want to see their teachers and
their friends but they don't want to go and be inside a
classroom," said Irina.
Irina and her mother Zara, have been trying to bring
back some sort of normality to the children's lives, but it
is a slow process. Like others affected by the tragedy,
Irina has seen little official help. And she says she has
little faith in the authorities.
"I don't trust that they [government officials] will be
able to investigate this crime; they have told us that they
don't need our testimony. Do we have to chase them, to give
them our version of events?," said Irina Metdvziev.
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