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Beslan - Two Years On

© Unicef/Pirozzi
A child who experienced the horror of the Beslan school siege remembers her fallen friends with flowers placed in bottles of water.

As the world remembers the terrible tragedy in Beslan two years ago, a series of commemorative events will take place in the town and the wider republic of North Ossetia.  Unicef's part of the commemoration will take place on Thursday 31 August.

On 31 August, UNICEF as part its Emotional Rehabilitation Project, will conduct a commemoration event entitled ‘Thank You to All Who Helped Beslan to Live through Grief’. The main objective of the event is to give the crisis affected children and their family members the opportunity to express their gratitude to those who helped them in their hour of critical need.

During the last year, the children, together with their parents and teachers, have been collecting information for the ‘Thank you to All…’ book, which contains thank you letters and compositions addressed to different people from all over the world (and will be published by UNICEF in the end of 2006).

For the commemoration event, it was decided to produce awards in the forms of plastic medals each bearing an inscription ‘To A Good Man/Woman From The Children Of Beslan’. The ceremony of presentation of the medals will be accompanied with quotes from the letters in the book. 

An exhibition of art works prepared by the children of Beslan (drawings and clay works) will be opened during the commemoration event and will be on display in the new Beslan school, which replaced the destroyed school number one.

© Unicef/Pirozzi
The water bottles have been left in the school gymnasium by many grieving relatives and visitors in memory of the victims who were unable to drink throughout the three days of the tragedy.

For more information:

John Brittain
Communication Officer
UNICEF Russian Federation
tel: (+ 7095) 933 8818
Cell: (+ 7095) 761 6648



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