Story of a 21 year old girl who sneaked out to the frontline
26 September, 2018
Story of a 21 year old girl who sneaked out to the frontline
A lot of Georgian women took part in Abkhazian war in the 90s. Lily Takvarelia is one of the many heroines from the war. Lily was a 21-year-old soldier of the internal troops of Georgia. In 1993, she was flying to Abkhazia in order to join the army. Unfortunately, she was sitting in the plane which exploded in Sukhumi Babushara Airport.
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Lily Takvarelia loved animals and started working as a cynologist at the department of the internal troops. At that time,
it was not common for women to do military service. Her father was very nervous about Lily’s involvement in the war but she stayed at the department and became a successful cynologist.

Lily fell in love with a soldier. He was often taken to Abkhazia and she was always worried about him. Lily was trained in shooting a gun. She was sometimes sent to Abkhazia but male soldiers tried to prevent her from the front line.
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In September 1993 the soldiers were flying to Abkhazia. She told them that she wanted to see them off but she hid in a plane’s toilet in order to reach Abkhazia with them. She was good at shooting but she did not have practical experience. The flight proved fatal for her. The plane was bombed.

Her sweetheart survived the war. Lily Takvarelia was awarded with Vakhtang Gorgasali Order for her courage and heroism.

Source: www.ambebi.ge

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