THIS IS A POIGNANT ACCOUNT BY ONE OF THE PUPILS OF THE RSF.
taken from http://www.pankisitimes.com
Have you ever heard that, “the girl’s destiny” is dependent on Elders in Pankisi Valley. This is a story about my grandmother who was a happy school girl growing up in a poor family, and dreaming about becoming a teacher one day.
One day, she was informed by her parents, that she was to be engaged to a wealthy man who was twenty years older than she. She thought it was the end of the world. In spite of her objections, she was made to marry soon after the order. She could not imagine how much disaster, she would face in her marriage. There were eighteen people in the husband’s family. So she was not a bride but instead she was a servant without payment.
Dutifully she gave birth to three children. She says “they were the only bright points in her life”. She brought them up with a huge suffering. Unfortunately, the youngest son lost his life in the first war in Chechnya. The oldest son – my uncle , and my own father died in a car crash, when I was two years.
I have never seen as bearable a person as my grandma is. Despite our steady attempts we have not managed to disappear the tears and sorrow on her sad face.