The War in August 2008. The eyewitnesses are telling. Inna Alborova

Tue, 05/04/2011 - 12:59

Alborova Inna Soslanovna, 1982 d.b., an inhabitant of Tskhinval

Recalling the August 2008, fear instinctively creeps over me. Almost three years have passed, but it seems that the war was only yesterday. At night from 7 to 8 of August around the midnight the firing started. The fire was so powerful, that my mother and I came down into the cellar of our house. Each minute the blasts were becoming heavier. There were 15 of us in the cellar, among us there were quite little children, who were crying loudly. In panic none of us took neither food, nor water, nor warm clothes with them.

It was very damp and dark in the cellar. So we spent the whole night, sitting there. In the morning the children, sleepy and hungry, began crying louder, their mother got up and wanted to leave the cellar to bring some food, but an elderly woman, who also was with us in the cellar didn’t let her go out, she said, that if she perished, her children would remain the orphans. The missiles were bursting somewhere nearby, we heard, as the windows had been knocking out. And through the terrible fire this woman for the sake of the strange children, sacrificing her life, went out to bring some food. The minutes seemed to be the hours, she was absent for a long time, we thought, she had died. Hysterics embraced the mother of the little children, she began to cry, yelling, and blaming herself in the death of the woman. But, fortunately, things managed to be settled. We could not even think that the Georgian president Saakashvili so heinously assaulted upon the sleeping people of South Ossetia. Shortly before this he emerged on the television set and said that he would not apply any military actions against South Ossetia. We all hoped and waited that the Russian army would come and rescue us. Our boys were also bravely defending our Republic, desperately fighting against the well armed Georgian soldiers having only machine-guns in their hands. We would not cope with them ourselves. Thanks Russia that the third day of the war she came and helped us. The victims of the Georgian aggression, which took place in 2008, and also the victims of the genocide of the ossetians in the 20-th and 90-th years of the past century found out to be the innocent people.