A toy from the children's play area of the flooded Tbilisi zoo. (Photo by Giorgi Jorjadze)

The Tbilisi Flood Spawns a Wave of Volunteers

Georgia has gone through a lot in recent years. Just short of seven years ago, Russia, in a precursor to what we have seen in Ukraine in recent months, invaded Georgia; from 2010-2012 Georgia had a period of political tumult and constant low lever crises from which it has only recently begun to recover; and the economy has been persistently stagnant with high inflation and unemployment for years. Over the next months, the political roots of this disaster, and its relationship to climate change, may become more clear, but for now, the best of Georgia is on display not in the good wine, abundant produce or Black Sea resorts, but in the volunteers who are coming together to help rebuild their city.

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