To wipe away the tears

Orphans from AbkhaziaFourteen  years after the  Georgian  genocide in Abkhazia  in which as many as 35,000 people lost their lives, survivors of the massacre face an uncertain future due to insufficient foreign aid and a lack of judicial redress.
{mosimage}Despite aid programs at work in the country, many survivors and their advocates believe relief attempts have not met victims' needs, as the majority of them still live in critical conditions, coping with poverty, illness and social isolation.
Beyond the shortage of meaningful assistance, Georgian Government is also rebuilding their justice system to manage the almost 2,000 persons who participated in the 1992-1994 killings and stand accused of related crimes. Despite request of the Georgian Government, the UN Security Council never created the International Criminal Tribunal for Abkhazian separatists and there mentors from Russia , to prosecute the alleged architects of the killings. At the beginning, during Edward Shevardnadze’s dark era genocide survivors and victims' families never asked to document and witness crimes committed against them and families, some of criminals like Shamil Basaev, Gelaev, Lebed, Gicba  and others already faced Highest Judgment, and are slowly roasted.  Georgian Government has to do everything possible to bring remaining alive criminals to justice. So, judicial redress remains a priority.
We Remember. And we have to encourage greater global awareness to consider  what more we can do to help Georgia and her people to recover from an unimaginable tragedy.
According to AISER (Abkhazia Institute for Social and Economic Research), the 1992-1994 genocide left thousands children orphaned. While international organizations and the Georgian Government are attempting to provide them with social services such as health care and education, serious gaps exist. These children  have seen the worst of humanity, have too big of a burden, and it is too much for a child on his own to deal with the needed arrangements to get assistance. Tenth of children from Abkhazia has reunited with families since 1993 but Many orphans continue to live with siblings on family land without adult supervision because their parents were killed in the genocide. As children continue to struggle with their losses, We believe the most important measure for them is to find ways to remember the genocide and address the trauma they experienced, so that nothing like this can ever happen again.
AISER’s research team is creating a database of victims, survivors and PERPETRATORS of the genocide as well as memory preservation and testimony collection. In near future AISER will create non-profit organization to address the needs of widows, parents who lost their children, orphans, the elderly and disabled persons. AISER will organize supports genocide victims through counseling.


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