Biographical Salon guests from Georgia

In the first days of March, a new chapter was opened in the history of the Biographical Salon: two guests from Georgia were welcomed and shared their experiences. “We are glad that the space is opening up, for deeper and wider exchange - both on the past and its impact on current living conditions”, Caucasus-Program Director Oliver Wolleh commented this development.

On 1 March, Professor Natalia Lazba from Batumi State University became a visiting guest in our evening-salon. Natalia has an ethnic Abkhaz background (Makhadzhirstvo). She resides in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia. As usual our moderator Mramza Dzhikirba led the discussion. One central topic was the relationship between different ethnic communities in Ajara before and after the war.

One day later we were glad to host one of the coordinators of our project “History Dialogue”, Rusiko Marshania, in the Biographical Salon. After the war, Rusiko was forced to leave Abkhazia together with her Georgian husband and their children. In conversation with Abaza TV host Liana Ebzhnou, Rusiko shared memories about her life in Abkhazia before the war, she told us how and why she had to leave, how she built her new life in Georgia and about her relationships with her relatives in Abkhazia after her departure. The event was recorded for the Abkhaz Televisionchannel Abaza TV.

The readiness and openness of our guests, our partners and our audience made it possible to reach a new level and include more and broader topics into official discourses on the war in Abkhazia. We are looking forward to further developments!