The Year In Review

Looking back at my work in 2013 it was quite a satisfying and rewarding year. Published by the BBC, New Internationalist, Routledge, Radio Free Europe, Turkish Review, Transitions Online, EurasiaNet, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, TechPresident and others, I was also offered consultancy contracts by Canal France International, Free Press Unlimited, Thomson Reuters, BBC, and the National Film Board of Canada.

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Working Tbilisi’s Streets

It was probably the least boring and most touching Second Day of Christmas I’ve ever spent: 26 December 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Two lawyers, a journalist/photographer, and an artist – between us 7 nationalities — took to the streets to meet some extraordinary kids. Extraordinary because of their lust for life, the capacity to flirt with and attract strangers, and their sense of business as well as knowledge of various languages at a very young age. But also extraordinary because of the conditions they are forced to live in.

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Street Kids of Tbilisi — ქუჩის ბავშვები თბილისში

As 2013 draws to a close I find myself ending it as I started — working on the issue of street children in Georgia, and particularly Tbilisi. It’s a personal endeavour so I haven’t been able to spend as much time on it as I’d like, but even so I’ve built up some close bonds with children working on the streets over the past year and plan to work more thoroughly on their situation in 2014.

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Another Ukraine Euromaidan Solidarity Rally in Tbilisi As MPs Brawl in the Georgian Parliament

Last night saw another rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, in support of Euromaidan protestors in Ukraine. Unlike last week's rallies, which were decidedly more grassroots, the latest rally appeared more organised and of interest to media, probably because of the involvement of Tbilisi's Mayor and plans to illuminate a prominent building on the city's central Freedom Square in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

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First Step Georgia, Kutaisi

Last week’s field trip to Kutaisi with EveryChild and EveryChild Georgia saw me pay a return visit to First Step Georgia, a local NGO working for children with special needs. The last time was in 2005 when I visited their centre in Tbilisi while also looking at the situation of children with disabilities enrolled into Soviet-era institutions, now thankfully closed.

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