On September 1, 2004, Beslan’s Secondary School Number One was seized by a group of 32 terrorists related to the Second Chechen War. The siege ended on September 3 with a bloody shootout between the terrorists and Russian security forces, leaving 334 civilians dead and hundreds wounded. Children accounted for 186 of the fatalities.
The Art of Living Foundation launched trauma relief programs in Beslan to help alleviate the psychological trauma of victims? relatives and the Russian army.
More than 1,000 people, including nearly 300 Russian army personnel, have benefited from the programs.