With their new peace initiative, ‘A Step to a Better Future’, Georgia’s government hopes to tempt students from Abkhazia and South Ossetia to enrol in Georgian universities by letting them sit entrance exams in their ‘native language’. But for Abkhazia’s ethnic Georgians in Gali, banned from studying in Georgian there and whose Abkhaz language skills are far from native, the initiative does little to help.
Jobs are hard to come by in Abkhazia’s eastern Gali District, according to the ethnic Georgians who predominantly make up the district’s population. They say that nepotism and discrimination, both direct and indirect, have made unemployment rife. Some go to Sukhumi to the city’s highly unsafe construction sites, while others are leaving for greener pastures.
მავნებელმა მწერმა — აზიურმა ფაროსანამ — მიმდინარე წელს დასავლეთ საქართველოსა და აფხაზეთის რეგიონში მოსავალი გაანადგურა. საქართველოს მთავრობამ აფხაზეთში დახმარება გაგზავნა, მაგრამ გალის რაიონის მაცხოვრებლებამდე პესტიციდები, რომელსაც, შესაძლოა, მათი საარსებო წყარო შეენარჩუნებინა, არ მისულა. [Read more…]
An agricultural pest — the stink bug — has ravaged crops across western Georgia and Abkhazia this year. Aid was sent to Abkhazia by the government in Tbilisi, but people in Gali have seen no sign of these pesticides, which might possibly have saved their livelihoods. [Read more…]
A string of changes in how identity documents are issued has left residents of Abkhazia’s Gali District feeling frustrated and powerless. OC Media spoke to a number of locals, who complained that widespread corruption and discrimination makes them feel unwelcome in their homeland.