A tragedy remembered: Aberfan, the village that lives in the shadow of the past (UK)

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Many of the people of Aberfan still cannot bring themselves to speak of it.

Forty years on from the disaster some parents, now in their seventies, still secretly hope their children will come home from school.

Others tell of the grief and trauma visited on their tiny community by the huge slag heap which slid from a hill above Pantglas junior school, killing 116 children and 28 adults.

Only 25 children survived the catastrophe. Now in their forties and fifties, many still speak of the nightmares and the psychological scarring that afflicts them. The name Aberfan remains synonymous with unspeakable grief about the death of children.

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