Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change

Beslan After the Tragedy

By Valery Dzutsev
  • Entrance into the school’s main building. Walls on both sides are covered with photographs of missing children and adults.
    Entrance into the school’s main building. Walls on both sides are covered with photographs of missing children and adults.
  • After explosions the roof of the gym collapsed and the building soon was set on fire.
    After explosions the roof of the gym collapsed and the building soon was set on fire.
  • It is an Ossetian custom to put dead person’s most loved belongings with him in the grave. As there were many children among the hostages who died, their parents and other relatives bring toys for they believe kids’ souls would rejoice over them.
    It is an Ossetian custom to put dead person’s most loved belongings with him in the grave. As there were many children among the hostages who died, their parents and other relatives bring toys for they believe kids’ souls would rejoice over them.
  • Centre of the gym where explosives were laid and subsequently hundreds of people perished is now occupied by flowers.
    Centre of the gym where explosives were laid and subsequently hundreds of people perished is now occupied by flowers.
  • Gym’s wall where two opening were made by the rescue forces and by which most people tried to escape and many were killed by gun fire.
    Gym’s wall where two opening were made by the rescue forces and by which most people tried to escape and many were killed by gun fire.
  • Flowers laid inside the school gym.
    Flowers laid inside the school gym.
  • Flowers, toys and bottles of water laid inside the school gym.
    Flowers, toys and bottles of water laid inside the school gym.
  • Blood on the wall of the room where male hostages were shot by the hostage takers. Visitors and relatives of the victims bring many cigarettes and dedicate them to the dead. It is believed, that they were denied even the right to smoke the last cigarette.
    Blood on the wall of the room where male hostages were shot by the hostage takers. Visitors and relatives of the victims bring many cigarettes and dedicate them to the dead. It is believed, that they were denied even the right to smoke the last cigarette.
  • Exit from the school's main building. Books were laid at the window's frame to protect the hostage takers.
    Exit from the school's main building. Books were laid at the window's frame to protect the hostage takers.
  • The school library, books were taken from the shelves by the hostage takers and put in the windows' frames to be used as shields.
    The school library, books were taken from the shelves by the hostage takers and put in the windows' frames to be used as shields.
  • A mourning family after visiting the school gym in the background.
    A mourning family after visiting the school gym in the background.