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Crime and Terrorism 01 September 2010 38 1052
Years have passed since the bloody tragedy in Beslan. The siege of a school No. 1 in North Ossetia at the beginning of the scholastic year lasted for three days. People in the small town of Beslan and over the world had never seen such savagery. The terrorist attack claimed 335 lives, including 186 children. To this day, people cannot forget the tragedy, especially those mothers who lost their children.
When in August 2014, ISIS invaded regions near Mount Sinjar in Iraq, the terrorists killed and abducted thousands of local Yazidi people many of them women and children who they sold openly at slave markets. The captives have had no one they could count on for help until one man decided to take on ISIS.
The Egyptian village of Al-Ur is now known as “The Village of Martyrs” because in a day, 20 of its residents died. They had all gone to Libya to find work but were kidnapped by ISIS and on February 15, 2015, beheaded for their Christian faith. They are now mourned by family and friends but also honoured as saints.
According to official statistics, two people are killed by Police in the USA, every day. With the proliferation of mobile devices with cameras, cases against law enforcement have become easier to prove but that hasn’t stopped them happening. Miguel Francis-Santiago meets people who have been personally affected by abuses of authority.
Ten years after the Beslan tragedy, some of the victims’ families write letters to the only terrorist alive today who participated. He is serving a life sentence for the horrific crime he committed in a prison in the Arctic Circle. They have a lot to tell him. In Beslan, young former hostages talk about their lives.
Refugee camp Dar Es Salam in Chad is a safe haven for thousands of Nigerians fleeing violent attacks by Boko Haram. This militant religious group has been wreaking havoc in Nigeria, destroying whole villages and killing indiscriminately. Those who escaped the terror are looking forward to rebuilding their lives, when a few camp newcomers bring fear and anxiety to this peaceful place.