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07 November 2008


Results of war - preview

The short war between Russia and Georgia began three months ago. But what happened to the civilians caught up in the fighting? Oliver Robertson spoke to some of those who have visited or lived in the region

As the fighting started in South Ossetia on 7 August, most of the civilians fled
  • Broadly speaking, ethnic Georgians went south to the cities of Gori and Tbilisi, ethnic Ossetians escaped to Russia
  • A few stayed: the elderly too infirm to leave, men not wanting to abandon their homes and mixed families – those with both Georgian and Ossetian members – uncertain of a welcome on either side
  • One South Ossetian woman who suffered concussion and headaches as a result of the fighting told the Friend of the destruction of Georgian villages within the province: ‘In Georgian villages there were a lot of Ossetians and after the war in nineties all the Ossetians had to go away from Georgian villages and their houses were of course destroyed
  • And now they are copying what the Georgians have done during the first war… it’s a completely crazy situation

  • Oliver Robertson

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