Beslan Struggles to Move on After Massacre

Alla Gadieyeva fears the dark. She cannot sleep most nights, she rarely leaves her apartment, and she cannot remember what she was told moments earlier. But she can’t forget the three days of hell she experienced last month at Beslan’s School No. 1. “Physically, I’m better. In terms of morale, this won’t pass anytime soon,” the 24-year mother of three says. Gadieyeva, her 7-year-old son and her 54-year-old mother were among the more than 1,200 people who were at School No. 1 on Sept. 1 to celebrate the first day of the new school year. Instead, they were taken hostage by heavily armed terrorists, herded into the gymnasium and endured threats, taunts, thirst and terror for three days until it all ended in explosions, gunfire and the death of nearly 340 people. Full Story

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