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Life on the ruins in Tbilisi

2012-08-30 18:08

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In Tbilisi there is the Avlabari district where on the intersection of the Ararat and Alazani Streets there is a dilapidated house. Wallpaper, closed doors - passersby can see all of this. This sight has become so common that Tbilisi residents do not notice it. Often, in the ruins of the outer side of the house you can see homeless people, who have found a temporary shelter here. And hardly anyone would think that the reverse side is still inhabited by the people living in constant fear.

Looking at this house, looking more like a ruin, you ask a logical question: why do people still live here? We decided to ask its inhabitants about this. A woman, we have interviewed, did not want to call her name. She told us how it happened that people still have not left this place.

- Our house is nearly 200 years old. It was damaged during a large earthquake, prior to Saakashvili. That time the experts said that our house was in the worst condition, but they could not provide us an apartment, since the program of assistance to the earthquake victims did not apply to us. We were told, "You have a roof. If the roof would have collapsed, we would have granted you an apartment".

- And when the wall fell?

- In August of last year. A wall fell at night, at 2 am. A lot of the officials came here right at night. Officials from the municipality and the mayor's office, even gamgeoba came here. Tey looked and drew up a statement on prohibition to live in this house. They offered us 200 GEL per month to rent an accommodation. But what can you rent for 200 GEL? The same ruins. So we'd better live in our ruins.

The roof has almost collapsed; the second floor is not suitable for habitation. There's no communication between the first and second floors. The house hangs by a thread. All that flows from the top, gets to our home. So we live in the damp, dirt and fear.

- This is a very nice place, a prestigious district. And there are no buyers? Now the private construction companies are buying up all the good land.

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