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A dream of reviving Kazbegi2013-04-05 18:08
The population of villages of Georgia started dreaming of a better share long before the "Georgian Dream." They are dreaming of the simplest things: job, sustenance, employment for the young people. Will the dream come true with the advent of the new government? We asked the residents of Kazbegi district about that.
Residents of Kazbegi district, known for winter resort of Gudauri, today face major challenges. The main reason they consider the closure of borders with Russia. According to the locals, after that many people in Kazbegi were left without subsistence. Today, the biggest problem in the region is unemployment. There are such conditions that the local youth does not know what to do. Only in the spring there appears temporary job. In the winter, the region residents live at the cost of the Gudauri resort - one of the best in the country. But, no matter how wonderful it was, it cannot give job everyone, and most of the young people are looking for earnings in the city or abroad the country.
"My brother Beka lives in Israel for 10 years. During this time, he came home just four times," says Paata Hartishvili, resident of Stepantsminda. "He left us with tears in his eyes. He is 36. He lives abroad since 26 and cannot have a family, he has to work all the while. It does not make sense to return here due to the unemployment. The only thing retaining me here is the family; otherwise I would have long left. But how can I leave them? Closure of the border with Russia has greatly affected local residents. I remember from childhood my family went shopping in Ordzhonikidze (Vladikavkaz), and brought there cucumbers and tomatoes," says Paata.
In Kazbegi previously there were large greenhouses, where they grew cucumbers and tomatoes year-round. There worked not only locals, but also residents of adjacent areas of Georgia. Subpurchasers from Vladikavkaz came there to buy vegetables.
"The closure of the border has caused stagnation in the work of greenhouses, which was directly linked to raising gas tariffs, which the government was supplying free of charge since the region is mountainous. Disposable compensation was paid, but the government did not think how we should live in the future and how to maintain the family," added Paata.
Part of the land of the district was sold out, so according to local residents, they cannot engage in livestock. Those who have small pastures may keep only 2-3 cattle - space does not allow keep more. That's why, talking to the inhabitants of the region, we did not see much interest in agricultural projects of the new government.
"After the election nothing has changed here. We remain unemployed. Let them open the border, then we might say that the government really cares about us. Our deputy from the "Georgian Dream" came here several times and met with the people. But if there are no real steps, job does not appear, then there's no meaning in these meetings. We see the way out through restoration greenhouses and opening borders," assured the residents of Kazbegi.
"All the time we are dreaming of normal life, but it seems there's no hope," Nanuli Hartishvili, Paata's mother shared her opinion. "Most of the local population of the villages of Kazbegi region is in the same position. Those who work in Stepantsminda are lucky," adds Nanuli.