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“We looked death in the eyes…” – Georgians about experiences in Kazakhstan

“We looked death in the eyes…” – Georgians about experiences in Kazakhstan

When riots broke out in Alma-Ata, young musicians from Georgia were practically left without food 01/14/2022, Sputnik Georgia

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Finding yourself thousands of kilometers from your homeland, in a city where chaos reigns, shooting, looting, killing, is a great test. The citizens of Georgia, who found themselves at the epicenter of events in Alma-Ata, told how they survived these difficult days in an exclusive interview with Sputnik Georgia. Bachana is the soloist of the Ilori male quartet. They went to Kazakhstan on December 22 for work – they performed in restaurants. They were going back on January 9, but because of the unrest that began in the country, they seemed to be in a parallel reality. There is no food, it’s dangerous to go out, there was practically no information vacuum – there was practically no Internet and television. “As soon as the Internet was given, I recorded a live on Facebook, asking for help, because we were cut off from everything. It was dangerous to go out, but we still went out for food and found that the shops were empty, looted, we could not get anything. For four of us we had a tray of eggs and instant soups. It was impossible to even get bread, “said Bachana. Survive this period for young musicians helped a woman friend. She picked them up at Al-Farabi Avenue in the city center on January 3 and took them to her home. I had to eat canned food and various preparations that were at home. the situation calmed down, but when the curfew starts, the sirens turn on, we have trembling in the body. I have problems with sleep, and the guys have. We even bought ourselves sedatives. And there were problems in Georgia, but I was never an eyewitness. And when you are directly in the center of events, it is very hard to bear when you don’t know whether you will survive or not. You look death in the eyes, and you can’t see salvation anywhere, “recalls Melashvili. “There were cases when they broke into houses. I tell you, in words I can’t express what people went through here. They just killed people like that,” Bachana said. At this moment, the musicians are at the airport, waiting for their flight to Georgia. The choreographer, head of the Telavi ensemble Gela Gambarov, who moved from Georgia to Kazakhstan 16 years ago to teach Georgian dances and popularize Georgian culture. Over the years, as Gambarov said, he saw many rallies, but never such riots. “No one expected such a development. On January 5, I was at work, and they already said that the situation was getting out of control, and we decided to sit down at home. And when I returned home in the evening, I saw many cars without license plates. I saw people with clubs, the army was standing opposite, which could not do anything,” Gambarov said. The first thought when the riots began was to send the family to their homeland, to a safe place, but the radicals captured the airport and failed to fly away. Initially, it was difficult to realize what was happening. “Even when I was returning from work, armed people passed by, it dawned on me how much danger I was only when I returned home. Then I was in shock,” Gambarov recalled. Not a single Georgian was injured during the riots in Alma-Ata, Gambarov said. The diaspora is small, about a hundred people. Subscribe to video news from Georgia on our YouTube channel.

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When riots broke out in Alma-Ata, young musicians from Georgia were practically left without food

Finding yourself thousands of kilometers from your homeland, in a city where chaos reigns, shooting, looting, killing, is a great test. The citizens of Georgia, who found themselves at the epicenter of events in Alma-Ata, told how they survived these difficult days in an exclusive interview with Sputnik Georgia.

“Late at night, we were awakened by the sounds of gunshots. When we looked out the window, the streets were full of people. Words cannot describe what we saw. People with clubs, threw stones, beat each other, a continuous scuffle. The beaten lay on the pavement. It was difficult to understand who was beating whom. You could hear the sounds of gunshots,” recalls Bachana Melashvili.

Bachana is the soloist of the male quartet “Ilori”. They went to Kazakhstan on December 22 for work – they performed in restaurants. They were going back on January 9, but because of the unrest that began in the country, they seemed to be in a parallel reality. There was no food, it was dangerous to go out, there was an information vacuum – there was practically no Internet and television.

“As soon as the Internet was given, I recorded a live on Facebook, asking us to help, because we were cut off from everything. It was dangerous to go out, but we still went out for food and found that the shops were empty, looted, we were nothing We couldn’t get it. For four of us, we had a tray of eggs and instant soups. Even bread was impossible to get,” Bachana said.

A familiar woman helped the young musicians to survive this period. She picked them up at Al-Farabi Avenue in the city center on January 3 and took them to her home.

“She risked her life for our salvation. Moreover, at that time I fell ill. I had a high fever, a sore throat began, and it was impossible to know if it was a coronavirus or something else. I had no medicine. If not for her, I don’t know what we would have done. We would have had to go out for food and medicine anyway, and it is possible that we would not have returned alive,” recalls Bachana.

I had to eat canned food and various preparations that were at home.

“Already on January 10, thanks to the participation of the embassy, ​​we were given food for the first time,” he said.

“Now the situation has calmed down, but when the curfew starts, the sirens turn on, we have trembling in the body. I had problems sleeping, and so did the guys. We even bought ourselves sedatives. There were problems in Georgia, but I was never an eyewitness And when you are directly in the center of events, it is very hard to bear when you do not know whether you will survive or not. You look death in the eyes, and nowhere is salvation visible, “recalls Melashvili.

“There were cases when they broke into houses. I tell you, words cannot express what people experienced here. People were killed just like that,” Bachana said.

At this moment, the musicians are at the airport, waiting for their flight to Georgia.

The connection with the musicians was maintained by the choreographer, head of the Telavi ensemble Gela Gambarov, who moved from Georgia to Kazakhstan 16 years ago to teach Georgian dances and popularize Georgian culture.

Over all these years, as Gambarov said, he saw many rallies, but never such riots.

“Nobody expected such a development. On January 5, I was at work, and they already said that the situation was getting out of control, and we decided to sit down at home. And when I returned home in the evening, I saw many cars without license plates. I saw people with clubs , opposite was the army, which could not do anything,” Gambarov said.

The first thought, when the riots began, was to send the family to their homeland, to a safe place, but the radicals captured the airport and failed to fly away.

“Shots were heard. They shot at everything they saw, robbed shops, banks, people, killed. There was complete chaos. The situation was uncontrollable,” Gambarov shared.

At first it was difficult to comprehend what was happening.

“Even when I was returning from work, armed people passed by, it dawned on me what danger I was in, only when I returned home. Then I was in shock,” Gambarov recalled.

Not a single Georgian was hurt in the riots in Alma-Ata, Gambarov said. The diaspora is small, about a hundred people.

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