2007-12-26Did Riot Police Use Only Rubber Bullets on November 7?
Vakhtang Inasaridze and Nika Didishvili have been treating at Tbilisi Hospital # 1 for 49 days already. Exactly 48 days have passed since November 7, the day when officially announced rubber bullets but in fact the wounds from unidentified gun, has put those men in the hospital. The dispersal is still much spoken about, however during election campaign politicians seem to have forgotten that many people have become victims of November 7. These people are recalling what they have personally witnessed on that day.
2007-11-30Arali-a Remote Village in Adigeni District
The village of Arali in the Adigeni Dsitrict is 17 kilometers away from Akhaltsikhe and 19 kilometers away from Adigeni. The village altitude is 1120 meters and is situated on the embankment of the Kvabliani River.
2007-11-13Starvation has Defeated Fear of Death in the “Town of Miners”
If you were to visit the “Town of Miners” settlement, you might think that bombing occurred only a few days ago. It is four kilometers away from the village of Skhvilisi, situated on the right side of the central motorway to Vale..
2007-11-07Seventeen Years Later Rustaveli Avenue Is In Gas Smoke Again
In the morning of November 7 at 8:00 AM the people participating in the hunger strike were dispersed and several hours later, at approximately 1:00 PM the number of people in front of parliament, who were injured and dispersed, increased. Initially the policemen tried to disperse the demonstration by using clubs. Several minutes later, the Special Forces Unit used water cannon, tear gas, clubs and rubber bullets against the population. A part of the demonstrators took shelter in the Kashveti Church, situated on the Rustaveli Avenue; however the Special Forces chased the running people there too. The injured people were taken to hospitals by ambulances. At the moment the total number of injured people is unknown.
2007-11-01Stories from Kutaisi Prison
Seventy-two-year-old Margo Tsetskhladze arrived in Kutaisi from Kobuleti early in the morning. The old mother knows that she can contact her son by delivering a parcel and she is ready for it. The woman in black is drying her sweaty forehead with a handkerchief and puts the bag in front of her legs having received an answer to her question- “who is the last in the queue?” The queue is too long. Everybody knows that they will not be able to go home soon. It is Thursday and prisoners from Kutaisi Prison # 2 are waiting for parcels from their relatives. The parcels do not seem too challenging.
2007-10-24We Need Fresh Air – Khoni Psychiatric Institution Requires Attention
At 6 o’clock in the evening, next to the on-duty doctor, a guard and some administrative personnel stay at the institution. There is silence. Everybody is busy with their specific tasks. Dinner and walking are over and all of the staff and patients spend their time differently before going to bed.
2007-10-10Visit to Asatiani Mental Hospital
It is difficult to breath here. The corridor is long and badly lit. There are no ghosts, but these people move like ghosts. All of them have the same way of walking: they keep their hands on their back, lower their heads and their look is frozen. They observe the stranger from a distance. Those, who are braver, approach the newcomer.
2007-10-04Future of Kobuleti “Wandering” Rubbish Dump Is Still Obscure
If you ask Kobuleti dweller where the rubbish dump is s/he will tell you at least two addresses. In this town the dump changes its place once a year, but sometimes even once in a month.
2007-10-01“They Will Destroy Your Hut and Build Palaces for Themselves”
It is 2:00 PM. Underground station “Tavisuflebis Moedani” (Liberty Square) is overcrowded. Plenty of people are moving along the Rustaveli Avenue towards Liberty Square. The pavements are overcrowded and people are walking on the road. You can guess by their face expression that they are going to join meeting.
2007-09-20Before They Went to Bed…a Story about Old People
It is 2:00 PM. The wind is so strong that unless you are on fire you should not go out in the street. It is time to have dinner. Heavy glass door is opened and closed after every second. You can see grey hair everywhere-on the left, on the right, in front and behind you. Suddenly you also have feeling that you are getting grey. You are bowing your neck, start walking and speaking like an old woman and greet your old years all of by sudden. Everybody knows each other here. It makes no difference for them that in 15 or 20 years they will have lived one century already. In their old age they still can put lipstick on and sit at dinner-table with plastic necklace on.
2007-08-14From Gori to Kurta…
Frou have to travel by mini-bus from Gori to the village of Tirdznisi to get to the Gorge. Then you will take a bus and it will start moving along difficult road to the Gorge of Big Liakhvi (river).
2007-08-06“Last of the Mohicans” in Hotel “Kutaisi”
As a rule, people must not live in the building that is under deconstruction. But there are some laundries hanging on verandas of the hotel. According to trousers, shirts and some other clothes hanging on the rope we can easily guess that inhabitants are not young people.
2007-06-25Chechen Story in Georgian
Madina with long dress and yellow kerchief has beautiful eyes. And not only eyes, she is so beautiful, that I am really surprised. And if somebody asks me, why I liked Said, I would say, I have never seen such an honest smile… It was my impression on that day, though they might be different too. One more thing- Said has blue eyes.
The inhabitants of Didi (Big) and Patara (Little) Liakhvi do not opportunity to move freely in their own country.
2007-05-24Everyday Life and Problems of Dukhabors(part I)
They are free and independent people-all journalists having visited the Dukhabors in the Javakheti region described them with these words. Nowadays, these people are deprived of their freedom and independence. Fear and desire of getting over the hard situation can be noticed in their eyes. They do not have any wish to speak with journalists and hide in their homes. “Minorities are suppressed here and we will soon abandon the area,” said Dukhabors who have spent 160 years in Georgia.
2007-01-24Abkhazia, Lost in Borjomi (part I)
Temporary electricity, firewood for heating, drinking water in the yard only and 11 laris a month to live on, empty walls in the room –these are the living conditions they have in Borjomi, in the building of a former hotel “Mtis Kheoba”(Mountain Gorge). These people do not demand much-they just want proper floors, ceilings, water, electricity, flour and to be included in the list of socially excluded people.
2007-01-10Prison, At Prison, in Prison (part III)
We got in touch with the administration of the penitentiary system to find out the reason for such unbearable conditions in the prison. After several attempts, Salome Makharashvili, the chief of the Public Relations Service Department, commented on the situation with us.
2007-01-09Prison, At Prison, In Prison (part II)
-What a smell. Let them repair these chairs to sit on. I have been standing for twelve hours already and cannot keep on my feet any more, -said a woman, holding two heavy bags. There is some wire binder stretched at the beginning of the queue. Passer-by should have to keep the third queue to hand in the parcel and then wait for a reply. Uniformed people are standing there and laughing loudly.
2007-01-08Prison, At the Prison, In the Prison (part I)
Gorgasali Street 83, Ortachala District, Tbilisi. This is a place that is always crowded. Sad people, holding heavy bags, are waiting for something. If you look at some of them carefully, you will notice tears in their eyes. There is a bus stop nearby. A person looking at them might think these people are waiting for a bus. But, the vehicles keep passing, and people keep waiting in line…
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