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Ossetians will carry the pain down the ages2010-08-10 15:56
It has been two years since Georgian Army brought down its artillery tsunami on the sleeping Tskhinval. Heart wounds have not yet been healed, aching deeply for those who died an early death. In remembrance of them, exhibitions, museums and memorials are opened in South Ossetia, people coming there flowers and candles in hand.
Within five horrible days in August 2008, South Ossetia lost 365 citizens, whose names are listed on the website of Public Commission for Investigation of War. They are not soldiers; these are the people whom Mikhail Saakashvili still shamelessly calls "his people" inseparable from Georgia.
The list includes women, children, old and young men who could build a beautiful town, make a family, or study. Still, the decision of a tyrannical madman crossed these people's lives and plans. Perhaps, someone from this sad list took up arms in order to defend his relatives against Georgian soldiers. Someone died while trying to flee from the Clear Field operation epicenter; others just wanted to live in their own land and did not want to die in the foreign land.
Exhibitions and mourning events are held these days in Tskhinval in remembrance of the friends and relatives who did not survive the third wave of the Georgian aggression. A photo exhibition of dreadful shots of the half-destroyed town and wounded citizens was held in front of the Government building. A similar exhibit was opened in the building of Sovprof Cultural Center in Tskhinval. Documentaries about the Georgian-Ossetian war are also screened there. Moscow symphony orchestra will play a concerto in the South-Ossetian capital.
Consultant Alan Margiev is one of the initiators of mass mourning events. Two years ago, he experienced the Georgian government's "love" for Ossetian people.
- On August 7, at 23.35 sharp - that's the time the aggression was started - we will start an action called "The light of living memory". People will gather in the central town square and stay there until morning of August 8. A memorial service will be served for the dead; an appeal of the elders of Caucasian peoples will be voiced; a requiem will be played. People will bring candles.
On August 8, we will visit the places where the defenders died - our boys who gave their lives in the war. After that, we are going to open a Mourning Tree and a Museum of Burnt Souls in the village of Khetagurovo, near the entrance to Zarskaya road. There, cars were burnt by which the people tried to escape.
- How are the 2008 events taken in Tskhinval today?
- The pain is still alive; it will live in the people's hearts forever. We will never forget the days we had to survive, and the victims. I think the people will carry their pain down the ages for as long as Ossetians live.
- Where were you at the moment the war broke out?