Children made innocent victims of cruel war

AFP Photo / Kazbek Basayev
Georgian aggression has claimed around 2,000 South Ossetian lives – but there is something even more horrifying hidden in this statistic as estimates suggest around 700 children have been killed by Georgians.

About 800 students used to study in school number 6. The windows are expected to be repaired in time for the new school year. However, education officials believe there likely to be many empty desks on the first day of school.

“According to my estimates around 700 children have been killed in South Ossetia during this war. Saakashvili is a monster! I want to address him and say I want to strangle him with my bare hands for killing the young ones!” said local resident Georgy Dzhusov.

Zaur lost his son and two grandsons on the first day of war. Their car was on its way out of Tskhinvali, when it was shot at by what a witness says was a Georgian tank. Two teenagers and their father were burnt alive.

“How could they shoot at children? They are monsters!” gasped Zaur.

Zaur believes he has no reason to live any more. His grandchildren were under 15 years old and he thinks they were too young to know what genocide is.

“We have evidence that Georgians were high on drugs during the war. That might explain why they were killing children senselessly,” said Anatoly Boronkevich, Head of the Security Council in South Ossetia.

However, despite the death and destruction there are children who have returned and are now once again playing on the streets of Tskhinvali.

The hope of the older generation now lies in their hands.