The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Leila Achishvili, 53, the owner of Leila's Guesthouse, and her daughter Mariam Kebadze, 16, prepare traditional Georgian dish, khinkali, for their guests, in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, May 31, 2019. Achishvili had two sons who went to study in Austria and escape high unemployment and the dearth of opportunity. The sons started families in Austria, but in time Achishvili could no longer reach them by phone. One day, a friend told her they had been radicalised by Islamic State and killed while fighting in Syria. "When I found out my children were dead, I fell down, I could no longer walk, I just crawled," Achishvili said. As the landlady of Leila Guesthouse, she has tried to move on. She has grown more independent and was one of the first women to get a driving licence in the valley. She lives with her mother and daughter, Mariam, 16. "I'm happy I'm not married now, I feel free and can do everything by myself. I got a driving license, opened a guesthouse, I want to support my daughter in everything and try to send her to study abroad because there is no development for her in Pankisi." REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.