Monday, August 29, 2005

FascIslamic Family Values

Also beginning a new term at school in September are the haunted children of Beslan, the little Russian village where FascIslamic terrorists from Chechnya and Ingushetia murdered 331 parents, teachers – and among them 186 children – after taking them hostage on the first day of classes this past year.
For the first graders, whose only memories of school are of those three days of fire and slaughter, “school means death,” says Beslan psychologist Fatima Bagayeva, “they have no other memory . . .”
“These children need continued special attention and, without it, I don’t think they will make it,” says Moscow psychologist Elena Morozova. “We are looking at a lost generation.”
At all the schools now in Beslan, armed local men stand guard.
Listening to the Washington Post’s Peter Finn we may measure FascIslamic compassion and mercy by its effects upon a single shattered family. “When the explosions and shooting began Sept. 3,” he writes, “[Alan] Adyrkhayev’s wife, Irina, a nurse, fled the gymnasium to the school canteen with Emilia and their other daughter, Milana, 5. From there, in the middle of a firefight, Milana somehow escaped. Irina was killed. Russian special forces found Emilia, who suffered minor shrapnel wounds and burns, nestling by the body of her 29-year-old mother.
“When Adyrkhayev asks Emilia if she wants to go back to school, the wonderful new one with the swimming pool and the big playground, she nods as if she knows the right response, but her downcast large brown eyes betray her doubts. Emilia never speaks about her experience, relatives said.
“Her father, in turn, is a hollow-eyed, broken man who has refused to return to work. Instead, Adyrkhayev sits at his computer screen scrolling through the faces of the dead. ‘I would be lost without them,’ he said.
“He has also recorded a video of Milana, a bright, smiling child, singing to a picture of her mother, and an audio clip that he plays on his cell phone when he wants to hear her voice.
“‘I know that she lives in the sky,’ the girl says on the clip. ‘They killed my mother. How can they be so cruel? They’re all beasts.’
“Adyrkhayev twirled the cell phone in his hand, smoking a cigarette in the shade of an apple tree. ‘I think I'm losing it,’ he said.
“As with the families of many other victims, relatives are providing care. Adyrkhayev’s sister and parents have moved in with him to help with the children.
“‘The babushkas are holding the town together,’ said Bagayeva, the psychologist.”
But it is to little seven year old Georgy whom Finn grants the final word.
“‘I don’t want to go to school,’ Georgy said. ‘I don’t want to be dead.’”

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