At the moment, South Ossetia is like a ship after a terrible storm. Many of its crew are dead. Others are trying to repair the ship and set a course in one direction: north, towards Russia.
People are in deep shock. Every day, there are funeral ceremonies in Tskhinvali and the surrounding villages, many of which have been burned.
At the funerals, people tell the stories of when and how their relatives were killed. People blame the Georgian government, even Georgian soldiers' mothers - how could they allow them to terrify and kill children and elderly people? But people do not say "Georgians". It is hard for them to articulate the name. Instead, they call them "our treacherous neighbours".
The South Ossetian government reported that 2,100 civilians have been killed by Georgian troops. It is difficult to verify the number because many are still buried in the rubble of the cellars where they were hiding. There is a putrid smell in the streets of Tskhinvali.
Local volunteers and Russian constructors are repairing schools, houses and hospitals and clearing the streets. The Ossetian home-guard men are resting - sleeping at home or, for those whose homes were destroyed, in vehicles captured from the Georgians. The Russian military are nowhere to be seen in Tskhinvali. Instead, the streets are littered with incinerated Georgian tanks. It must be hard to throw them away with the rubbish.
Published 21 August 2008 by Larisa Sotieva, humanitarian worker based in South Ossetia
Here you can see the roll of honour with names and photos: http://hunu.livejournal.com/1402.html
Sorry, but it is written with Russian language.
Alan Kochiev returned from Tzhinval to
The mobile phone with all these SMS’s texts was demonstrated in the press-conference.
“I saw how Georgian tank had burnt an ossetian family who had been trying to leave the city. Tank just had shot their car. We could take the woman from there, but her husband and child had stayed in the burning car”.
The press-conference with Alan Kochiev (this is his “live journal”) took place in the press-centre of the Inform Agency “REGNUM” on 15th august. Alan Kochiev is the leader of youthful Ossetian diaspora in
When I was driving there I saw encampments of refugees. No, not refugees but "forced settlers". I had understood a difference between these words only today in the morning. I heard talks about it on the TV. The settler is citizen of our country. The refugee is not one’s. There are so many people in these encampments.
I saw my sister and my mother, now they are at home of friend’s relatives.
Today I have flown from Beslan . Now I am in Moscow. I’m preparing to speak on the press-conference which will be tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!