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Refugees under voltage

2011-11-08 13:48

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Is it possible to live in a power substation? Yes, if there is no other option. Georgian refugees have learned the real price of official promises: they were forced to sell out everything and now they are left to their own devices.


It is pointless to believe promises made by Georgian authorities. All of them, from president Mikheil Saakashvili to a third-rate head of a province, lie. Officials of all levels do the same. It's a pity there are people that take speeches of their leaders in good faith. Why judge them: drowning man will clutch at a straw. Though speaking about trust to Tbilisi authorities, it's wiser to grab an iron stick instead.

Thirteen families of forced evictees that live in an administrative building of Zugdidi-1 power substation (Samegrelo-zemo Svaneti district) accuse local department for refugees of a gross and cynical violation of their rights. They were insolently deceived. On August 17 deputy head of administration Gocha Elergia promised that the refugees would be transferred to Poti making them sign an agreement and sell out all "unnecessary" things. It would be silly to take cattle or rural staff to a city.

The residents of the power substation were glad to accept Elergia's offer and sold everything out in wait for transfer to new apartments, as the authorities had promised. Yet, the unlucky people got alarmed at the fact that not a single refugee left their settlement until now.

So what? Nothing. When they asked the administration about the transfer to new, the officials were surprised. What new homes? No transfer is planned.

Levan Mikava in charge of the administration for refugees in Ajaria and Samegrelo zemo Svaneto totally rejects promises made by his deputy. "In the near future there will be no changes over the facility in question, and transfer of refugees to Poti is not planned", - he said firmly leaving no space for doubt. When they say they won't do anything nothing is done indeed. Unfortunately, Mr. Mikava did not specify if his deputy would be penalized for having promised a normal life to poor people and bringing them to a worse condition than they had had before. No doubt, he does not live in a power substation himself.

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