2005 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

James Hill

The New York Times

22 September, 2004

A cuddly toy was placed on the charred remains of the gymnastic bars in the sports hall, where many of the hostages had been held. Schools were shut down for two weeks following the violent ending of a three-day siege, in which separatists demanding independence for Chechnya held over 1,000 pupils, parents and teachers of School Number One hostage. More than 330 people lost their lives. School Number One became a shrine to the victims of the siege. Officials decided not to re-open it, but to build two new schools for the pupils who had studied there.

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James Hill

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