Left Behind—Republic of Georgia

One of the troubling outcomes of the post-Soviet era of independence is the collapse of the safety net for older people. In the Republic of Georgia, indigent women beg for coins or sell home-grown flowers to subsidize their meager incomes of roughly $20 per month. The fragility of their lives represents such a stark contrast to the stability and everlasting stature of the ancient Orthodox churches which they frequent seeking support from the public.


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