Russia has been remembering the 333 hostages, most of them children, who died in the Beslan school siege.
On the first day of the new school year five years ago Chechen terrorists took over School Number One in the small town in North Ossetia. The investigation into the attack is still going on, and so are the effects of the attack on the survivors; “I miss my classmates who died in the siege. Its been five years, but still I remember them all the time. It is hard without them, we studied together for so many years, for eight years. It’s hard,” says Toma Dzakoyeva. The shattered school has been left as a shrine, and the focal point for memories. Few families here did not lose someone, and most are angry the investigation has revealed so little, especially why the security forces stormed the building when they did, and with what appeared little method. Could the massive loss of life have been avoided? For the moment, no-one knows.