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Saakashvili deprived Georgians of motherland2011-08-10 13:41
Mikheil Saakashvili's adventure in Ossetia in August 2008 caused a huge damage to Georgia not only in terms of the image. It was a heavy blow to the country's economy. The main problem of the republic is the tragedy of thousands of people, now refugees. As a result of the August aggression the country lost three large districts in South Ossetia and entire Abkhazia turning residents of these places into vagabonds who had to abandon well-organized life and their homes in now desolate villages.
A grey, unpainted metal fence, a door wide open with the name Zaza Tsereteli - the former owner of this house - written on it in Georgian. We come inside: the house is almost intact except for broken doors and windows. Still, it is unsafe to enter here - hornets' nests are in all corners of the rooms. These insects are absolute rulers here, they have never seen people before and consider this space as their property. That means they will have no mercy biting uninvited guests.
The rooms are in complete disorder. Here is the bedroom. An old wardrobe with a men's T-shirt hanging and some old things scattered around the wardrobe and the floor. We move on. This seems to be the nursery. A heart-breaking sight: a large carton box with children's books and textbooks mainly in Georgian is tumbled on the floor. Here is an English textbook. And this is a Russian textbook. There are CDs nearby, but it is most painful to see photos of people that used to live here thrown about the floor. We see a tableful of people, a boy - one of the inhabitants - with his friends in the yard. Here are some adults sitting in a summerhouse set up in that yard. As it turns out, a tiled table now broken in two was once a chess board.
It is evident that owners of this house, like thousands of other residents of the Georgian enclave in South Ossetia, packed up their things in a hurry taking only the essential with them. The street where Zaza Tsereteli's house is located in is one of the longest in Tamarasheni village, the northern suburb of Tskhinval, 4 kilometers away from the town. Yet, it looks like Chernobyl. No living soul, no sound, dead silence. It seems people left this place only yesterday. There are washtubs full of water for poultry, car frames stand near fences, and a dirty children's ball is seen through the bushes.