Russia is rushing aid to the republic of South Ossetia as innocent civilians have suffered much injury after being attacked by the Georgian army. Throughout all the Russian regions, people resolved to provide any economic and humanitarian assistance needed by the victims in the war zone. Russians are opening their hearts to the refugees and they are ready to help the government of South Ossetia to restore the infrastructure of Tskhinvali and rebuild the destroyed city. Doctors have already left for South Ossetia to provide care and humanitarian cargoes have been delivered to the affected area. The events of the past few days in South Ossetia can be viewed only as a catastrophe. The capital of Tskhinvali and dozens of nearby villages were almost totally destroyed as a result of the Georgian invasion. Normally, such damage occurs as a result of natural disasters; however, the culprits in this case were not the elements, but, Georgian politicians with evil designs.
About 30,000 out of the 80,000 South Ossetians fled to Russia as refugees. According to some estimates, more than 2,000 people died in Tskhinvali during the bombing, whilst those who survived those terrible days now have to shelter in basements without fresh water, food, and medicines. They cannot recognise their ruined hometown, for hardly any building is undamaged. Luckily, the Ministry of Emergency Situations delivered tons of humanitarian cargo to South Ossetia, which came as a long-awaited relief to the victims of the Georgian invasion. According to Emergency Situations Minister Sergey Shoigu, who arrived in Tskhinvali Tuesday, what he saw was heart-rending. He said that Russian rescue teams were searching for people in the ruins and were also working hard to restore the city infrastructure. “We’ll check all the facilities, water, gas, electricity, and hospitals. This evening, I think we’ll have everything ready to provide medical assistance to the survivors and give them food and fresh water. We have everything that’s needed”.
Different regions of Russia are also ready to help South Ossetia. Moscow will fund the restoration works in the capital of Tskhinvali and send some construction crews. People from all over Russia are collecting clothes, tents, and food to be delivered to South Ossetia. Many are giving blood for the wounded and many offer to shelter the refugees in their homes. Only a common effort from all the people will help us to alleviate the humanitarian catastrophe in South Ossetia as quickly as possible.
12 August 2008
Voice of Russia World Service
Here is something that you shall not see on CNN or mentioned in the White House. The Russian people are opening their hearts to the victims; it is bringing all of the Russian people together. It is also hardening their resolve to see justice done. The Don Cossack Host has taken in 400 refugee children, for instance. If I had to choose between Christiane Amanpour and the rest of the jackals at CNN or the honest and openhearted people of the Donsky Voiska, it is no contest.
You may help the people of Russia rebuild, or you can support those who advocate making South Ossetia a desert due to their hatred for Russia (let us call it what it is). There is no middle path, you must choose to follow the gang of CNN, George Bush, and Saakashvili, or you can choose to stand tall with the honest people of Russia as symbolised by the Donsky Cossacks. I have made my choice, what about you?