It was 10 years ago this week that the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Tex., went up in flames after a 51-day standoff that followed a botched raid by federal agents. More than 80 people, including two dozen children were killed. Associated Press interviews with some survivors among the the 21 children and 14 adults who left the compound during the siege found that several have vivid recollections of the explosive events.
The AP says that some survivors remain in central Texas, and a handful still follow leader David Koresh’s teachings and attend a weekly Bible study at a chapel built on the compound’s remnants. Seven Davidians are imprisoned on charges stemming from the deaths of four federal agents who raided the compound in February 1993 seeking to arrest Koresh for stockpiling illegal weapons and explosives.