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Beslan Siege Children to Visit Germany

Six months after the hostage siege in the Russian town of Beslan, where a Chechen commando took more than 1,200 people hostage in a school, 400 of the young survivors of the incident are coming to Berlin and Brandenburg for vacation. The children, from 10 to 17 years old, will spend two weeks at Gnewikow Manor on Lake Ruppiner. The organizers of the holiday, Kindernothilfe Beslan, said the two weeks will help the children overcome some of the psychological damage inflicted by the hostage siege, in which 330 children and adults were killed. "The children are still suffering from the events," said Vladimir Kotenev, Russian ambassador to Germany. "It's in our power to relieve some of that pain." Organizers have put a call out for donations to cover the cost of the holiday, estimated at €250,000 ($335,537).

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