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Mother’s choice: become a suicide bomber or your children will die

After almost a year in hospital, one woman tells the story of her decisive moments with hostage-takers. AFTER 11 operations and almost a year in hospital, Larissa Kudziyeva’s face is still severely disfigured, her injured arm too weak to work. The 41-year-old accountant wears dark glasses and drapes her hair over one cheek to mask the scars left by the grenade blast. Her blouse just covers the wound that nearly severed her right arm. Yet she cannot believe her luck as she prepares to take her son, Zaurbek, back to school a year after armed men took them and 1,200 others hostage in Middle School No 1 in the North Ossetian town of Beslan. Full Story

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