The government has set up a summer “Patriotic camp” for kids in a war zone, in
order to raise patriotic awareness of new generations. This has been the last
provocative idea of the young Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who officially
inaugurated the camp in Ganmukhuri, where three thousand young Georgians will
spend summer by practicing sports and studying national culture. They will leave
in wooden chalets build in the pine forest that covers the hinterland of this
strip of coast on the Black Sea.
Under the fire of separatists.
The ideal place for a summer camp, but for the fact that five hundred meters
forward there are the armour-plate cars of Russian blue helmets and backward there
are the stations of Abkhaz nationalist militia with their guns which are always
loaded and headed. Ganmukhuri lays on the outpouring of the river Enguri and it’s
the last outpost under the Abkhaz separatists control; they beat the Georgian
army in 1993 with the support of Russian army and they ripped it off the Tbilisi
During the last few months, there have been dozens of gunfights between Abkhaz
militias and Georgian soldiers along the line of ceasefire of 1993. They caused
deaths and people got injured, just like two policemen who got injured, one of
them to death, during an Abkhaz attack last 5th of January in the town of Ganmukhuri, where the summer camp is.
Georgian kids on the square.
Abkhaz and Russian reactions. “It’s just absurd to have hundred of kids camping
so close to the war zone” the president of separatist republic, Sergei Bagapsh
stated. “Their life is under risk, even though we will do everything to avoid
taunts. Georgian government shows that it’s ready to sacrifice life of its youth
for achieving political goals”. Russian ambassador in Abkhazia, Viacheslav Kovalenko
said he was really concerned and that Georgian authorities are making a “big mistake”.
In reply, Saakashvili announced that another Patriotic Camp will be soon inaugurated
in the high Kodori Valley, which is the epicenter of the tensions in the region.
“Peace is running a big risk”, the Separatist Foreign Affair Minister Sergei Shamba.