Who knows about Georgia and more generally about Caucasus in Europe?
Before going to Georgia in January 2011, I carefully observed reactions when I mentioned this small country located in South Caucasus. Some people immediately thought of Georgia, USA. Others recalled the 2008 South Ossetia war and started worrying about my going there. And many, unfortunately, did not think of anything at all… Only few had a more precise representation of Georgia, its location, its political situation and its economy.
However, most of my relatives, colleagues and acquaintances expressed great interest in knowing more about Georgia and Caucasus.
So this webpage is primarily addressed to those many curious people I know who asked me to tell them more about the peoples that make the cultural diversity of Caucasus. I hope it will also provide anyone who is interested in multiculturality and youth in Caucasus with useful information.
Most importantly, it is dedicated to the minority youth of Georgia who actively get involved in minority youth unions in order to preserve their culture, language and traditions and also try to create opportunities for their fellow minority young people. This is their actions and initiatives which I would like to voice here.
Méline – Tbilisi, March 15, 2011.
Source: Map of Georgia. Available at:< http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/country_profiles/1102477.stm > [online]
Link: BBC News – Georgia country profile. Available at: <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/country_profiles/1102477.stm> [online]