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9 Mar, 2009 09:04

Legacy of war in South Ossetia

It’s been seven months since the war in South Ossetia ended but humanitarian aid is still being distributed among Ossetians, as many lost almost everything they possessed.

“Beds, furniture, the fridge, everything… There was a washing machine, a wardrobe, everything burned down, nothing is left,” said 70-year-old Sonya Glagoleva, who survived the war.

Glagoleva now lives in an old wagon left by the Russian peacekeepers. The wagon with plastic bags instead of glass windows and with the only warmth coming from a small wood-burning stove is parked next to the ruins of her house.

On the night of August 7, Georgian troops opened fire on Tskhinval, the capital of South Ossetia. Five days of severe artillery and aerial shelling left hundreds dead and most of the town ruined.