Its opening in Riga coincided with the launching of worldwide activities to commemorate the fourteenth anniversary of the genocide of Georgians in Abkhazia in which over 35,000 people were brutally murdered in a period of 1992-1994.
Photo exhibition WE REMEMBER (გ ვ ა ხ ს ო ვ ს) was held in Tbilisi in 2005. It was prepared by the team of International participants under aegis of www.abkhazeti.ru website. In 2006, the exhibition WE REMEMBER has been held in Los Angeles (USA) under aegis of AISER, and then in Moscow (Russia). In April 2007, WE REMEMBER photo exhibition about genocide of Georgians in Abkhazia, held at the UN Headquarters (with support of AISER), and was highlighted by UN officials. First and foremost, this exhibition was intended to focus minds on commemorating and learning from the Georgian Genocide, its terrible and lasting consequences for the Georgian people, and its particular lessons for world.
For the first time such exhibition will be held at the EU, and it will happen in Latvia.
The opening of a photo exhibition will be held on September 27, 2007 at 17:00 in the White Hall of Riga Latvian Society at: 13 Merkel St.
On September 28th Supreme Council of Abkhazian Autonomous Republic, Mr. T. Mzhaviya is expected to deliver a lectures in the State University, tilted “"Abkhazia 1992-1993: Mentors, instigators, perpetrators", "Ethnocide in Abkhazia- on the eve of 21th century", "Aggressive separatism is a real threat to civilization."
On September 29 at 17:00 will be shown a documentaries “ Abkhazia 1992-1993. The crime of the century” and “Abkhazia 1992-1993. Unprecedented Fascism”. Anyone who sees those films will understand the importance of the archive they are creating. If the lessons of genocide are to be learned, and society is to be able to rebuild, then the memory of genocide must be preserved, its facts and its lasting impact recorded.
In line with its commitment “Georgika” invited local and international Non –Government as well as a Government organizations and representatives of various Countries Embassies in Latvia to participate in this event.
“WE REMEMBER” will be launched to prompt international support for the prevention of further destruction of life. The major trouble in Abkhazia began in September 27, 1993 when the self-proclaimed separatist government in Abkhazia, began sponsoring wholesale ethnic cleansing of all non-Apsua, almost all of whom were civilians. In Abkhazia today nearly 300,000 rely on humanitarian aid and 90 percent of villages have been looted or destroyed. Not since the Georgian genocide in Abkhazia of 1992-1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of slaughter, rape, starvation, and displacement.
“WE REMEMBER” will be created to depict the genocide crisis and place the atrocities occurring in Abkhazia in context with its vibrant courageous people, while advocating for immediate actions against self-proclaimed regime in Abkhazia.
“WE REMEMBER” was created to educate viewers about the multi-cultural population, demonstrate how the violence and mass killings have devastated the region.
The people of Abkhazia have been let down terribly, and the cost they bear is in hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.
We strongly support the efforts of the campaigners, activists who are drawing the world’s attention to this tragedy though the “We Remember”. It’s a truly global effort with events It’s a testament to their efforts that Abkhazia in so much in the international spotlight.
AISER is launching Exhibition "We Remember" in Washington DC and London.