Speaking on the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood said: “No one could fail to be moved by the tragedy that fell upon the Aberfan on October 21st 1966.
“The coal tips that engulfed Pantglas Junior school, along with several houses and a farm, changed this close-knit community forever.
“The loss of 144 lives in a disaster would be devastating news in its own right but the fact that the vast majority of lives lost – 116 in all - were young children made what happened all the more shocking and poignant.
“The lives of an entire generation in the village were extinguished before they reached their prime. A whole generation of adults and grandparents were denied the chance to see their children grow up.
“For those that survived, the memory of what happened would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
“Even half a century on, the facts of the Aberfan disaster are no less shocking and resonate throughout Wales.”
She added: “The people and community of Aberfan should be commended for the dignity and bravery they have shown ever since the disaster.
“They endured unimaginable sorrow but maintained a community spirit and built a support network within the village which helped get each other through their ordeal.”