MINISTRY IN BESLAN, RUSSIA
September 22, 2004
A few more pictures from today...
I visited a hospital in Vladikavkaz today, and met this lovely young woman and her mother. She is in High School and nearly lost her leg in the attack in Beslan. They were both such sweetie-pies, and gratefully received the Columbine seeds, and letters from the children at Front Range Christian School in Littleton, CO. We were also able to give them some money to help with expenses. She managed to smile for the picture, but I could see in her eyes that she was dealing with some deep inner pain. See seemed very uncomfortable in the presence of a strange man at first. (Yes it's true, I am a bit strange to some people) Only God knows what this poor child has been through.
On a more sad note, please pray for the people in the next picture. They have suffered much loss!
Pictured above, from left to right...
Pastor Sergey Totiev, with his wife Bella, Raisa, with her husband Pastor Tejmuraz Totiev, and two friends from their church in Beslan.Photos of children: (L to R) Anna (dead), Dzerasa (missing), Albina (missing), Boris (missing), Larisa (missing), Luba (dead).Surviving children (Not Pictured) Son Azamat (with eye injury) and their girl Madina
A note on missing children: There are reported to be nearly 200 MISSING CHILDREN from the Beslan massacre! They have vanished without a trace! We are hearing reports that there are yet some human remains unidentified, but these could only account for a very few of these missing children. Many here believe that the children were snatched up by Ingushian terrorists (from the neighboring Islamic province) during the chaos after the school was blown up. This has been an ongoing problem in this region, as the Islamists have been widely reported here to kidnap Christian children from Ossetia and make them slaves or worse. Obviously, this is enflaming rage among the Ossetian people, raising the real possibility of impending civil war.
This place makes me want to scream sometimes!
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