Dwellers of a village in Afghanistan call themselves Gurjis
13 March, 2019
Dwellers of a village in Afghanistan call themselves Gurjis
The 31st battalion of Georgian armed forces in Afghanistan has brought great news to Georgians. The dwellers of a village in Helmand Province call themselves Gurjis. Helmand, also known as Hillmand or Helman, and, in ancient times, as Hermand and Hethumand is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, in the south of the country. Historically, Georgians were referred to as Gurjis (Gurdi) by Persians and Arabians.
George XI of Kartli
George XI of Kartli, Photo courtesy: en.wikipedia.org

The village is located on a remote
mountain. The locals identify themselves with the descendants of the Georgian King George XI of Kartli who conquered Afghanistan in the 18th century. During the king’s invasion to Afghanistan, George XI of Kartli was poisoned and a group of soldiers then remained in the village.

The dwellers are said to be a very well-respected community and the rest of Afghans, Americans or even the Taliban stand in awe of them. They speak Pashto, one of the official languages used in Afghanistan. However, they are quite different from other Afghans in their appearance – They are characterized by lighter-colored skin and colorful eyes.
Irakli_alasania_afghanistan
The former Minister of Defense of Georgia with the Georgian soldiers fighting in the Helmand province, Photo courtesy: www.amerikiskhma.com

The second names of their ancestors used to be the Georgian ones namely Kipiani, Rostomashvili, Kargadze, etc. As the soldiers would not be able to bring Georgian wives to Afghanistan, they had to marry Pashtun women leading to the disappearance of the Georgian origin. But the memory of their long-dead ancestors has remained with them until now.

First photo courtesy: www.mod.gov.ge

Related stories:

New wave of Georgian soldiers sent for NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan

Georgian soldiers sing with deep emotion for their homeland from Afghanistan

Soldiers and Sports: Georgians manage to win all competitions in Afghanistan

Taliban: Georgian Troops in Bull’s Eye
Print
Other Stories
Sulguni with Lapland Motives
Marika Niklason from Georgia, lives in Asele in the south part of Swedish Lapland, with her husband and children and produces Georgian smoked cheese called “Lapplands Mejeri”.
International Women’s Day – Georgian women conquering the world
Georgian women are recognized on the international stage.
Stunning Snowy Racha in March
Racha is a mountainous region in northwestern Georgia.
Ravishing Colchian Oda Houses on the verge of disappearing and astonishing stories of their rare residents
“Georgia is rich in cultural heritage monuments, which have preserved the valuable history and need to be protected.
The Daily Beast about Tusheti: The Last Wild Place in Europe
The Daily Beast has recently published an article about Tusheti, a historic region in northeast Georgia.
Georgia 360 – Panoramic photos of Georgia
Both Georgians and foreign visitors find Georgia and its nature exciting. Sometimes, even photography is not enough to reflect the beauty.
Georgia among 20 Overlooked Countries Not Enough Americans Visit
Thrillist, a well-known American publication about food, drink, travel and entertainment named Georgia among 20 Overlooked Countries Not Enough Americans Visit.
Mywanderlust about the Chronicle of Georgia or Tbilisi’s “Stonehenge”
The Chronicle of Georgia is a “Stonehenge-like” monument located on a hill near Tbilisi Reservoir.
Beautiful trees in Georgia captured by Giorgi Nikolava
A trip to Georgia always involves observing unique forests spread throughout the country.
T3 names Georgia among 8 of the best adventure travel destinations for 2019
If you are making plans for 2019, T3 offers you a list of the best adventure destinations.
Vladimer Apkhazava: “I promised myself that I would get the Georgian teachers’ message across to the world”
The Georgian teacher Vladimer Apkhazava was listed among the 10 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2019.
Vladimer Apkhazava among Global Teacher Prize 2019 Top 10 Finalists
The Georgian teacher Vladimer Apkhazava was listed among the 10 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2019.
Full Moon captured by Georgian photographer Shermazana
The world met one of the most spectacular events of the year on the 19th of February.
BBC to broadcast “Gentleman Jack” shot in Kutaisi
Contemporary Class, a travel magazine named Georgia among “19 Destinations to visit in 2019”.
Valentine’s Day – Georgian poets about love
Nothing can be as touching as poems inspired by passionate and romantic love.
Honey - 5500-year history and its role in Georgian culinary
Georgia is believed to be the birthplace of wine.
Frozen Lakes to see in the wintertime Javakheti
Samtskhe-Javakheti is a region in southern Georgia which includes the historical Georgian provinces of Meskheti, Javakheti, and Tori.
Abkhazia - occupied, still beautiful (Photos)
Abkhazia is situated in the northwestern region of Georgia.
The beauty of Old Tbilisi captured by Giorgi Nikolava
Georgia, one of the oldest settlements of mankind has been conquered and affected various peoples and cultures.
Practical Information while traveling to Georgia
Kamila Napora, a traveler from Poland has visited Georgia several times.
Why visit Tskaltubo - advice from a traveller
The abandoned sanatoriums of Tskaltubo, a town in the west part of Georgia is one of the most interesting places to visit in Georgia.
15 Reasons to Visit Georgia
Mywanderlust, a famous travel blog introduces travelers 15 reasons to visit Georgia.
Breathtaking snowy Samtskhe-Javakheti
Samtskhe-Javakheti is a region in southern Georgia which includes the historical Georgian provinces of Meskheti, Javakheti, and Tori.
Georgia among Telegraph’s Top 10 destinations
Telegraph has recently published an article about top 10 destinations for this year.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
14.03.2019
15.03.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6872
2.6864
EUR
1
EUR
3.0349
3.0372
GBP
1
GBP
3.5331
3.5546
RUB
100
RUB
4.1033
4.1034