The lives of the 144 people were lost in 1966 when a rock slide hit Pantglas Junior School.
But the Welsh disaster at Aberfan wasn’t just about that tiny village, or that one nation – it was a loss for humanity, a generation of children who would never see adulthood, fulfil their potential, live their lives.
Controversy still remains around the National Coal Board – although an inquiry report laid the blame for the disaster squarely with them, no NCB employee or board member was demoted, dismissed, or prosecuted.
But the 50th anniversary was not a time for blame – more a time to look back and remember.
Read my piece on the Mirror here