116-Years-Old Woman Without Social Allowance
According to the ID card, Eter Bedoshvili is 116. She has moved to her son in Rustavi from the Nokorna village in Dusheti district. The five-member family lives in a room in the former building of a kindergarten. Despite extreme poverty, the family does not receive social aid.
Carton papers are stretched on the windows and doors in the room. Water is leaking from the roof; the neighbor shared his electricity supply for them. The building is not supplied with natural air at all. Vardo Bedoshvili and her retired husband collect tree-branches on the river bank. A short time ago, a neighbor gave them firewood and now they warm the room with it.
“I lived in the Gorge. I moved from there because I was ill and could not stay alone. I have the only son and he took me here. We live in poverty here; they even stopped my allowance after I moved from Dusheti. I cannot buy even medicine. I have been here for a year already. I could not stay in the village; nobody could bring firewood for me. If I were healthier I would have stayed in village. I have pension but I do not know how much it is. I need medicines because I have many health problems. I cannot hear and see properly. I cannot move either. I miss the village but how can I go there?!”
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