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Bediani's sad fate

2012-09-04 16:06

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In southeast Georgia in Kvemo Kartli, there is a small village of Bediani. In Georgian "bedi" means fate. In the distant past, when the city was called Vardis Ubani (pink thicket), there were growing rose bushes, used for production of perfume, extracts and water for kings and nobles. Bediani owes David the Builder for its new name, who, having first seen the beauty of the pink groves, could not help but exclaim: "What a lucky city!" Bediani has preserved its name to this day, but the fate of the city was not that lucky.

Relatively recent Bediani's Soviet past is shrouded with romanticism. In 1954, the construction of hydroelectric power plant on the Khrami River began. Bediani's development into urban settlement occurred during this period, when many builders were attracted here with their families.

Now Bediani's population is no more than 40 families who live mostly in two-story housings. And how did this town live before?

From 1962 to 1981, in Bediani there were built houses, a school and a cinema. A local club, where ensembles from Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan performed, started work. Bediani's cinema has become famous and popular in the whole district. In the most turbulent period of history the village's population was over 2000 people.

Now in the village there is no kindergarten, no dance clubs. And the young people have almost gone. Bediani's small population, consisting of Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Georgians, Greeks and Russian, is mainly occupied in a local psychiatric hospital.

We met with a young family of Dmitry Potnin, working in the hospital, in a Software Department. His parents moved to Bediani after father had received job in the local neuropsychiatric clinic. He worked there as a psychiatrist till end of life. Dmitry was born in the village. His wife's family, Nino Sihuashvili, settled in Bediani in 1980. Her mother, a Greek woman, worked as an instructor in the same neuropsychiatric clinic. His father - the Georgian, was the teacher in the local school. Potnin has two-year-daughter. We asked them to tell us about life in the village.

Dima: "I work on the computer in the hospital, I get 400 GEL. Sometimes you have to work on the weekends. We buy products from the Azerbaijanis, who come from nearby villages. We have no farm".

- Nino, how you met Dima?

- We met here, in the village. We grew up together, attended one school.

- Were you lucky to catch the time when the village cinema, restaurant, and the dance floor ran?

- Unfortunately, no. When we grew up, it all has gone. I remember stores - one grocery store, and a hardware store.

- How do you see your future life?

- We certainly would like to leave. While the girl is small, we can afford to relax and we are not trying to move, but when she will go to school we'll have to think seriously about the move, Nino says.

Perhaps soon the young people entirely leave the village. They are gradually departing in searches of a "better life." But the older generation who have moved several times, consider Bediani their last refuge. And they look quite happy with their life here. Optimism of a nurse Alina, working in the clinic, is particularly surprising.

"I work in a hospital and get 240 GEL. I work a day after two. When I don't work in the clinic, I go to milk the cows, which are in the property of the monastery. I'm very happy with everything. We have farm. My husband does not work, but we have sheep, goats and chickens".

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