South Ossetia's ethnically Georgian villages are emptying as residents flee attacks and looters. Only those who can’t - or won’t - leave remain. FRANCE 24 correspondent Romain Goguelin reports from South Ossetia.
The Georgian inhabitants of the South Ossetian
Kekhvi is an ethnically Georgian village, located completely within the rebel breakaway
On August 7 massive Russian forces entered
86-year old Evgenia Roskashvili refused to flee with her children, saying, “I want to die here”.
Amidst hostile looters and militiamen, the Russian peacemakers cannot ensure their security, but are distributing basic food and drink.
A South Ossetian militiaman doesn't hide his animosity, saying, “not a single Georgian will, or should live (here)”.
Those ethnic Georgians still able to are eventually leaving their homes and belongings.
Another, Otar, has lost everything in the violence. He is also leaving, luggageless, on the bus to Georgia.
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Date created : 2008-08-19