Public solidarity during the August War
Akhmeta (Badri) Khutsishvili is a resident of the village of Shindisi , who risked his own life during the 2008 war to save Georgian soldiers wounded in a clash with their Russian counterparts. On 11 August 2008, a convoy of Russian armored personnel carriers moving towards Gori through Shindisi encountered a Georgian unit. After one hour of shooting, Akhmeta found the Georgian soldiers, some wounded and others dead, at the site of the clash. Akhmeta and his fellow villagers took the wounded soldiers out of the battlefield one- by- one all through the night. He then hid them in the basement of his house. Today, in Shindisi, there is a symbolic memorial at this place, which was created on the initiative of local residentss. The memorial is a poignant place of memory for both local residents and visitors to the village. It carries importance for future generations as well, ensuring that Georgia's recent history is never forgotten.
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