Countless Georgian families once depended on seasonal work in neighboring Turkey to support their families. That work became one more victim of the coronavirus after the pandemic forced both Georgia and Turkey to close their borders.
In limbo: surviving closed borders
Up to now, there were only 20 families living in the mountainous Adjarian village of Gurdzauli. Pandemic and the state of emergency has suddenly changed the village life. To avoid the danger of being infected, families started to move back to ancestor’s houses. Once deserted households are now full of people. The family of Givi Bolkvadze, 51, is one of them. 13 family members are back to their parental house.