Missing windowpanes, no water, no electricity and no gas. That was the scene that greeted one family of Internally Displaced Persons in Georgia after they were evicted from a make-shift shelter in Tbilisi in mid-January and moved into government-provided village housing.
“There was nothing here when they brought us,” said one Internally Displaced Person (IDP) woman from Abkhazia, who was relocated with her family to the village of Tsintskaro, roughly 50 kilometers south of Tbilisi, on January 20. One day later, a wood-burning stove and wood arrived.
The woman’s situation is not unique. Visits by EurasiaNet.org to two villages in the regions of Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti used by the Georgian government to accommodate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) revealed a systematic lack of basic utilities and occasional sub-par building conditions.
The problems coincide with increasingly outspoken complaints from IDPs, independent media and opposition parties about how the Georgian government is taking care of citizens displaced by Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia.
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Molly Corso is a freelance reporter and photojournalist based in Tbilisi.