Human stories

Nene and Avi

„To me a person’s origin has never been a barrier that would prevent me from communicating or cohabitating with that person“ – recalls Nene Cherkezishvili. “Avi and I met in a bar many years ago. He worked as a barman there and I was a frequent guest. Avi says that he became attracted to me the...

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Natia and Gocha

„From today, I want to be your wife! – I told Gocha directly on his birthday 14 years ago“ – recalls Natia Berdzenishvili. "We found each other in Terjola, in a boarding house for persons with disabilities. We liked fancied each other from afar for two years. Gradually Gocha was able to get rid...

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Vera Murgulia

“A woman and a rally? What are you doing with cars? You are a mother of three children...“ – my friends told me when I decided to participate in the biggest off-road car racing competition for women. I came to love motor sport because of my family. My father was a race car driver in the Soviet...

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Juli Abuji

"My mother is a Georgian and my father is a Nigerian. Because of my skin colour, people are surprised when I start speaking in Georgian. I am always the centre of attention on the street. People observe and look at me differently. There were times when someone called out „Look, a N...r“ when they...

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Mariam Sadgobelashvili

„The first time I felt that I was „different“ was when I arrived in Tbilisi and felt a strange look of passers-by on the street. People were approaching me and asking me in a direct and tactless manner: „How do you go out?“, „Don’t you have parents?“ Before that, I lived in Zestaponi where I...

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Gabriela Romanova

When I wanted to commit self-immolation because of challenges caused by the pandemic I could not have imagined that someday I would be taking care of people infected with coronavirus. Back then transgender women, who were left without income and a place to live, resorted to such radical form of...

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Daria Stukova

Many think of Doukhobors as a closed society. To the contrary, we commonly interact with the ethnic Georgian population. I have many Georgian friends and I have never felt that I am any different from them. I think, first of all, it is the result of our coexistence. There are only a few...

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Suraj Alimovi

Recently boys were talking about someone who acted inappropriately and one of them said: „He acted like a gipsy“. I told him that it is wrong to ascribe a particular behaviour to a nationality. Here, I am a gipsy too. He was embarrassed and his facial expression changed completely. I was born...

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Diana Jishiashvili

I became a mother on August 6 – the first woman in Georgia, who gave birth with my diagnosis. I was attracted to my husband because we shared values and interests. Initially we were friends, we talked, corresponded with each other. Then our friendship grew into love. Now we live together and we...

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Tinatin Lataria

My story is like an oriental melodrama where I am the main character. I was still a schoolgirl when I met my Indian husband on one of the British forums. Soon enough, discussing various global issues with young people around the world was replaced by personal correspondence. For years we hadn’t...

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Nino Devnozashvili-Shainidze

I was 13 when I first fell in love. Of course, back then I did not pay attention to what his religion was. Growing up, our love story was growing also. In the meantime, I started an active Orthodox life - I have a pastor, I practice confession and I receive eucharist. It was then when I started...

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Joseph Oluwole

Whenever they call out in street: „Look, a N...o“, I smile, approach them and tell them in Georgian: „Hello, my name is Joseph“. First they are very surprised, then a cascade of stereotypes and prejudices are destroyed in seconds right before my eyes. 9 years ago when I came to Georgia from...

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Diana Tevanian

Diana Tevanian shares her personal experiences about stereotypes she has faced due to her ethnicity. See her full story in Georgian

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