The little boy is dressed only in the underwear. On his stone face, pain, anger and terror are recognizable. Standing in front of him in the silence I could clearly hear him shouting in despair, fear, calling for help. The situation that this monument commemorates is still in my eyes. I see children crowded in the gym, without food and drink, and guardians with rifles watching over them. I remember the scene when, during the storming of Russian troops, children dressed only in their underwear, screaming tried to run through the courtyard towards freedom, but the terrorists shot them in the back. The stack of children’s bodies increased. 186 of them died. The siege of the school took place from 1 to 3 September 2004 in Beslan, in Ossetia, the Russian province. So recent. The Chechen leader Shamil Basayev took responsibility for the preparation of the attack.
This monument encountered on the hill in San Marino begs that no one will forget what happened then. And never, ever again, something like that should happen.
There is a lack of words to express the emotions that have struck me as I stood before this monument. Horrible scenes from television will never be erased from my memory.
The author of the monument is Renzo Jarno Vandi born in the sculptor San Marino. Here is his page, unfortunately only in Italian: http://www.rjvandi.com