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Snowbound in Georgia

A Eurasianet partner post from Oxfarm

In autumn, 53-year-old Otar can hear jackals howling and worries about whether hungry bears will attack his cattle. During the winter, he says, the silence at night can be disconcerting.

Here in the remote mountainous parts of Ajara, an autonomous region in Western Georgia, all the villagers tell a similar story: snow is seen as a potential threat. The region features some of the highest levels of precipitation in the Caucasus, and it’s not unusual for several meters of snow to fall during a typical winter season.

“I’m afraid of the winter,” said Otar, looking up at the mountains, which shadow his house. “What if an avalanche comes? It will destroy my house.”

Otar recalls the worst winter - back in 2004. “I remember we had so much snow, it was up to my chest. It destroyed all of our crops and all we had to eat was bread for three weeks.”

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Snowbound in Georgia

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