September 08, 2004

Yanis Kanidis – Hero of Beslan

I usually don’t learn the details of terrorist acts. I usually don’t get past the headlines: such and such a place, X dead, Y wounded. I don’t have to know the tragic details. But sometimes something gets trough. I wanted to cry when I read this article, from Yediot Aharonot, translated by Allison Kaplan Sommer. Excerpt:

The hostages who escaped told how the teacher repeatedly risked his own life in order to save the children. He moved explosive devices that the terrorists had placed near the young students, and tried to prevent them from detonating others. When the first bomb exploded next to the windows of the school, parents and children began to run out. The terrorists, trying to prevent their escape, threw a grenade at them. The elderly teacher ran to the grenade to prevent it from exploding on the children. One of the terrorists shot at the teacher to try to stop him and Yanis was wounded in the shoulder – but didn’t give up. With the last of his strength, he continued to run, jumped on the grenade, covering it with his body. The grenade exploded, and the body of the teacher absorbed the explosion, protecting the children around him from injury.

How can the same world contain people like Yanis Kanidis, and his killers?

Posted by David Boxenhorn at September 8, 2004 08:48 AM
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