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Georgian peasants on the abyss edge

2012-08-21 15:42

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Georgian village of Gendushi, lost in the mountains of the region of Racha, is divided into two parts since 2005: one part has fallen into the abyss, and the other has suffered during the landslide. Seven years passed, and during this time the surviving residents are waiting for help in the reconstruction of the economy.


In 2005, the village of Gendushi suffered a landslide. As a result, six apartment buildings have fallen into the abyss, and seven farms have been damaged. Since then, local residents are gradually leaving the village. Life here has become unbearable.

Nadejda Svanidze is 106. She, along with her 75-year-old daughter, still lives in a destroyed house after a landslide. The road, leading to their shelter, is made of stones and rubble. Old road was destroyed in 2005 by a disaster, together with other houses and crops. Most of the buildings have turned into ruins.

Both women are in a very advanced age, they cannot repair their house. "We were many times offered aid starting in 2005. Four months ago, we once again appealed to the municipality of Ambrolauri. We got no respond. Previously, before the election, they came and made promises; but we cannot eat promises. Our house is so badly damaged; it is not safe to live in it. But where should I go with my old mother? We both get old-age pension - 100 GEL, which is not enough for the medicines. And we have thousands of problems", 75-year-old Zenari Svanidze tells us.

Natalia Nemsitsveridze's family is lucky a little more. Their home suffered not so badly, but a landslide destroyed the farmland and the hive with 25 bees' families. Problems made the mistress of this house a community activist. During a recent meeting between President Mikheil Saakashvili and inhabitants of the region of Racha Natalia tried to approach him, but the Presidential body guards did not let her do that.

"Several years I repeatedly appeal to the local leadership to give us the aid provided us by the government in 2005. When the president came to our shores a week ago, I wanted to describe our problem and hand him a letter, but the local police, at the request of local authorities, forcedly pulled me out of the crowd. Local government hates me because I know about their dirty deeds. They watched for me all day to keep me from the meeting with the president, since at the meeting there were not residents of Racha. Buses brought people from Imereti. People say that everyone got 50 GEL for this. What should the residents of Racha do? I intend to continue fighting against this injustice", Natalia Nemsitsveridze says.

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