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Tamuna Chkareuli

Tamuna fell in love with journalism after becoming disillusioned with the art scene. As a professional photographer, she now enjoys combining images with the power of the written word in her new family at OC Media. With a keen interest in social issues, she focuses on labour rights and disability and gender-related problems. When not investigating a new story, she’s successfully devoting her time to turning her small apartment into a Mexican patio.

In Pictures | Forgotten by the highway

From hammocks to nazuki sweet bread, the roadside wares that make travel in Georgia such a delight are in danger of disappearing. 

In Pictures | Bakuriani’s corona freeze

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought life in Georgia’s most popular ski resort town to a painful standstill.

Voice | ‘I’ve been homeless since 2000’

The trials, tribulations, and occasional moments of grace in twenty years of living on Tbilisi’s streets.

The never-ending lockdown for Radio Marneuli

Radio Marneuli has long complained of being ignored by the authorities; during the lockdown, this has created a dangerous information vacuum.

Violets for megabytes: online learning in Georgia leaves students disconnected

A lack of internet access in the high mountains of Adjara and the financial burden on teachers and families mean many children are losing out on their education.

Coronavirus deaths pile up in Georgia amidst political unrest

Despite new restrictions including a curfew and mask mandate, the government has so far failed to halt the rising number of deaths.

Over 20,000 fined in Georgia for not wearing facemasks

The numbers cover the period from when facemasks in enclosed spaces were made mandatory on 12 June up until 30 September.

Voice | ‘We are all tired, but we shouldn’t give up’

Georgian doctor Nino Kvirtia talks about fighting both the coronavirus and the accompanying disinformation.

How Georgia’s Emergency Services abandoned a paramedic left paralysed at work

Left paralysed after an ambulance crash, paramedic Inga Dundua has been forced to fight the Emergency Services at every step of her rehabilitation.

Investors: Georgia’s Nenskra Dam violates Svan rights

The EBRD found the project to be ‘non-compliant’ with its standards.

Fierce, independent journalism

Let’s be honest, the media situation in the Caucasus is grim. Every day we are accused of ‘serving the enemy’ whoever that enemy may be. Our journalists have been harassed, arrested, beaten, and exiled. But nevertheless, we persevere. For us this is a labour of love. Unfortunately, we cannot run OC Media on love alone, journalism is expensive and funding is scarce. Our sole mission is to serve the interests of all peoples of the region. Support us today and join us in the fight for a better Caucasus.

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