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Russia: Beslan survivors recount living through their pain 15 years after massacre *PARTNER CONTENT*

Russian Federation, Beslan
September 02, 2019 at 00:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage released on Sunday shows the difficult and varied paths of Beslan siege survivors, whose wounds, both mental and physical, are still present.

Mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers of children killed in September attack themselves hardly survived those three September days of 2004. There is no hope the survivors will see their loved ones again, but there is a chance for them to recover and try start a new life, head of 'Mothers of Beslan' non-governmental organization Susanna Dudieva believes. Her son Zaur was killed in the school, her daughter Zalina was wounded, but Dudieva has managed to establish and chair a group of women just like her to help each other, the 'Mothers of Beslan.'

"15 years after the attack, global medical testing for those people still has not been conducted. Perhaps they can now put people on foot, these women ask to at least have the ability to make it to the toilet by their own feet," she says.

Wheelchair-bound Natalia Satsaeva believes Israeli and German hospitals know how to help her. "They can help me with my foot. I would at least have a stick to walk, it would be better than riding this 'Mercedes'," she speaks of her wheelchair. Satsaeva was injured on September 2. She was in the school with her three children: two year-old Adelina, four year-old Dana and their elder brother, who was about to enter primary school in 2004. Special forces took her children out while she was between life and death on the school floor.

Marina Duchko also has a wheelchair since 2004. There is no social care in Beslan to give her a lift, so she chose to order and ride a scooter. "It is impossible to use, they stagger, they are too wide or too narrow. They gave me this one, it gets broken from time to time," said Duchko, describing the wheelchair she was provided with.

Anesthesiologist and critical care physician Alan Adyrkhaev spoke of another medical case. Fatima Dzgoeva hardly survived the siege and now she has a cerebrospinal fluid shunt in. "The shunt is German, in Russia there is no equipment to handle it. It was a proposal: let's put the Russian one in, and then we will help you maintain it. But it's ridiculous: a shunt was put in in 2004, it still works. Russian one is supposed to work for a year or two max. Basically, they go to Germany because the shunt becomes clogged from time to time, they go there and get a rehabilitation for some days," he describes.

On September 1, 2004, militants from the North Caucasus region seized the school and held over 1,000 people captive for three days without food or water.

The siege ended on September 3rd. The bloodiest terrorist attack in Russia's history claimed - in official figures - the lives of 186 children, 118 relatives or school guests, 17 teachers, 10 special forces officers, 2 Emergencies Ministry employees and one policeman. The youngest victim was just 2 years old.

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Footage released on Sunday shows the difficult and varied paths of Beslan siege survivors, whose wounds, both mental and physical, are still present.

Mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers of children killed in September attack themselves hardly survived those three September days of 2004. There is no hope the survivors will see their loved ones again, but there is a chance for them to recover and try start a new life, head of 'Mothers of Beslan' non-governmental organization Susanna Dudieva believes. Her son Zaur was killed in the school, her daughter Zalina was wounded, but Dudieva has managed to establish and chair a group of women just like her to help each other, the 'Mothers of Beslan.'

"15 years after the attack, global medical testing for those people still has not been conducted. Perhaps they can now put people on foot, these women ask to at least have the ability to make it to the toilet by their own feet," she says.

Wheelchair-bound Natalia Satsaeva believes Israeli and German hospitals know how to help her. "They can help me with my foot. I would at least have a stick to walk, it would be better than riding this 'Mercedes'," she speaks of her wheelchair. Satsaeva was injured on September 2. She was in the school with her three children: two year-old Adelina, four year-old Dana and their elder brother, who was about to enter primary school in 2004. Special forces took her children out while she was between life and death on the school floor.

Marina Duchko also has a wheelchair since 2004. There is no social care in Beslan to give her a lift, so she chose to order and ride a scooter. "It is impossible to use, they stagger, they are too wide or too narrow. They gave me this one, it gets broken from time to time," said Duchko, describing the wheelchair she was provided with.

Anesthesiologist and critical care physician Alan Adyrkhaev spoke of another medical case. Fatima Dzgoeva hardly survived the siege and now she has a cerebrospinal fluid shunt in. "The shunt is German, in Russia there is no equipment to handle it. It was a proposal: let's put the Russian one in, and then we will help you maintain it. But it's ridiculous: a shunt was put in in 2004, it still works. Russian one is supposed to work for a year or two max. Basically, they go to Germany because the shunt becomes clogged from time to time, they go there and get a rehabilitation for some days," he describes.

On September 1, 2004, militants from the North Caucasus region seized the school and held over 1,000 people captive for three days without food or water.

The siege ended on September 3rd. The bloodiest terrorist attack in Russia's history claimed - in official figures - the lives of 186 children, 118 relatives or school guests, 17 teachers, 10 special forces officers, 2 Emergencies Ministry employees and one policeman. The youngest victim was just 2 years old.

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