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In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Fending for herself after leaving a husband who kidnapped her and then losing two sons in Syria's war, Leila Achishvili (pictured below) has fought hard to secure her independence in fiercely patriarchal north-east Georgia.

She has settled in Jokolo, a village in the Pankisi Gorge, a conservative, mainly-Muslim enclave in the majority-Christian country.

"I'm happy I'm not married now, I feel free and can do everything by myself. I got a driving license and opened a guesthouse," the 53-year-old said.
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July 25, 2019
Women are having a break after singing and dancing on a very hot day for a traditional Sufi ceremony,...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Women are having a break after singing and dancing on a very hot day for a traditional Sufi ceremony, zikr, performed every Friday in Duisi village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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July 25, 2019
Leila Achishvili, 53, the owner of Leila's Guesthouse, hosts tourists from Poland and Belgium for a dinner...
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The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Leila Achishvili, 53, the owner of Leila's Guesthouse, hosts tourists from Poland and Belgium for a dinner in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 4, 2019. Barbara Konkolewska (R), who is an old friend of Achishvili, owns a travel company Caucasus X-trek in Poland and brings tourists to Pankisi. She works with guides from Pankisi and is in the process of registering her company locally. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Leila Achishvili, 53, the owner of Leila's Guesthouse, and her daughter Mariam Kebadze, 16, prepare traditional...
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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.
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July 25, 2019
Mariam Kebadze, 16, uses her phone as she sits outside Leila's Guesthouse, owned by her mother, in Jokolo...
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The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Mariam Kebadze, 16, uses her phone as she sits outside Leila's Guesthouse, owned by her mother, in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 4, 2019. Mariam used to live with her father in Telavi and moved to Pankisi where she now lives and studies to support her mother Leila Achishvili who is running the guesthouse. "It's really boring sometimes here, there's not much to do in the village because it's the same routine all the time - school, classes, jogging by the river sometimes. Girls don't go outside at night because they are embarrassed and sometimes I really miss going for a walk in the evening, I like nights," she said. "One of my dreams is to live somewhere in the mountains, maybe in Switzerland. I read about a music festival in a forest there with beautiful lights at night, and people just dancing and laughing, they are so free and cheerful." REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Mariam Kebadze, 16, poses for a photograph in one of the rooms inside her house where she lives with...
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The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Mariam Kebadze, 16, poses for a photograph in one of the rooms inside her house where she lives with her mother Leila Achishvili and her grandmother Nadya in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 4, 2019. Mariam's mother owns Leila's Guesthouse in Pankisi. She said that she is dreaming of her own room where she would have privacy. "I used to live in Telavi and could talk to friends about many things, here it is harder, I prefer to talk to adults, they know and understand more," she said. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Women gather for a traditional Sufi ceremony, zikr, performed every Friday in Duisi village of Pankisi,...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Women gather for a traditional Sufi ceremony, zikr, performed every Friday in Duisi village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Mariam Kebadze, 16, and her cousins go for a walk along Alazani river in Dzebakhevi village of Pankisi,...
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The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Mariam Kebadze, 16, and her cousins go for a walk along Alazani river in Dzebakhevi village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 3, 2019. The three girls live in Grozny, Chechnya and came to Pankisi for the first time, met Mariam and her mother Leila Achishvili and are spending summer there. "I love my cousins and we have a lot of fun but I think they are still very immature and we can't talk about many things," Mariam said. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
A boy takes his horse to Duisi village to take part in a horse race to commemorate death of one of the...
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The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
A boy takes his horse to Duisi village to take part in a horse race to commemorate death of one of the residents of Pankisi Gorge, Georgia, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Girls who are cousins of Mariam Kebadze (not pictured), play in Alazani river in Dzibakhevi village of...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Girls who are cousins of Mariam Kebadze (not pictured), play in Alazani river in Dzibakhevi village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 3, 2019. The three girls live in Grozny, Chechnya. They came to Pankisi for the first time, met Mariam and her mother Leila Achishvili, the owner of Leila's Guesthouse, and are spending summer there. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Mariam Kebadze, 16, fixes her hair during an evening walk along Alazani river in Jokolo village of Pankisi,...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Mariam Kebadze, 16, fixes her hair during an evening walk along Alazani river in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, May 31, 2019. Mariam used to live with her father in Telavi and moved to Pankisi where she now lives and studies to support her mother Leila Achishvili who is running a guesthouse. "It's really boring sometimes here, there's not much to do in the village because it's the same routine all the time - school, classes, jogging by the river sometimes. Girls don't go outside at night because they are embarrassed and sometimes I really miss going for a walk in the evening, I like nights," she said. "One of my dreams is to live somewhere in the mountains, maybe in Switzerland. I read about a music festival in a forest there with beautiful lights at night, and people just dancing and laughing, they are so free and cheerful." REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Local villager Guram, husband of Bela Mutoshvili who owns Folk Guesthouse, works in his garden, in Jokolo...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Local villager Guram, husband of Bela Mutoshvili who owns Folk Guesthouse, works in his garden, in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Writing made by English class students are seen on the wall in a school in Jokolo village of Pankisi,...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Writing made by English class students are seen on the wall in a school in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, June 1, 2019. During the class, children were asked to write about the dream places they loved or wanted to visit in the future. The school is supported by Roddy Scott foundation started by parents of the British journalist who was killed in Ingushetia covering the Second Chechen war. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Students attend an English class for intermediate level in a school in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia,...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Students attend an English class for intermediate level in a school in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, June 1, 2019. The school is supported by Roddy Scott foundation started by parents of the British journalist who was killed in Ingushetia covering the Second Chechen war. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Residents of Pankisi Gorge pray during the rally held to stop the planned construction of hydropower...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Residents of Pankisi Gorge pray during the rally held to stop the planned construction of hydropower plant near Birkiani village, Georgia, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Residents of Pankisi Gorge clash with police during a rally held to stop the planned construction of...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Residents of Pankisi Gorge clash with police during a rally held to stop the planned construction of hydropower plant near Birkiani village, Georgia, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
A woman covers her face during a rally held by residents of the Pankisi Gorge, who protest against the...
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A woman covers her face during a rally held by residents of the Pankisi Gorge, who protest against the planned construction of a hydropower plant, near the village of Birkiani, Georgia, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Alazani river is seen early in the morning in Pankisi Gorge, Georgia, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina...
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Alazani river is seen early in the morning in Pankisi Gorge, Georgia, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
An old bus stands outside a garage in Duisi village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina...
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An old bus stands outside a garage in Duisi village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Leila Achishvili, 53, the owner of Leila's Guesthouse in Jokolo village, visits the first gym in Pankisi...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Leila Achishvili, 53, the owner of Leila's Guesthouse in Jokolo village, visits the first gym in Pankisi Gorge for both men and women, in Duisi village of Pankisi, Georgia, May 29, 2019. Sumaya, a resident of Pankisi, opened the gym, which is one the few public places where women can meet. She says many are too fearful to attend. Sumaya's husband was killed in Syria. Fearing her four children's prospects could be damaged if their name was associated with the conflict, she declined to be identified by her family name. She wanted to "do something for women and keep herself busy not to think about her husband's death all the time". REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya
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July 25, 2019
Mannequins stand outside a traditional Islamic shop in Duisi village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 4, 2019....
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Mannequins stand outside a traditional Islamic shop in Duisi village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Boys play cards after school in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya...
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The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Boys play cards after school in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Abu Achishvili, 41, first Pankisi Gorge mountain guide who works with foreign company Caucasus X-trek,...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Abu Achishvili, 41, first Pankisi Gorge mountain guide who works with foreign company Caucasus X-trek, rides a bicycle in Duisi village of Pankisi, Georgia, May 30, 2019. "I've lived in the mountains for three years, I know the value of human life," he said. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
A woman cleans a gravestone in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya...
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A woman cleans a gravestone in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Men pray in a mosque after Eid-al-Fitr during Ramadan month in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, May...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Men pray in a mosque after Eid-al-Fitr during Ramadan month in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Mosque stands on the main street in Duisi village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina...
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Mosque stands on the main street in Duisi village of Pankisi, Georgia, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Boys from local martial arts team train on a football field outside Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia,...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Boys from local martial arts team train on a football field outside Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, May 29, 2019. "My salary is very low but these Chechen boys are very talented that's why I decided to stay here to support them and give them a chance to train hard," said boys' instructor Jemal Gigauri. REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 25, 2019
Bela Mutoshvili, 55, a music teacher, and guesthouse owner, sits outside her Folk Guesthouse in Jokolo...
PANKISI, Georgia
The Wider Image: In Georgian valley, war-scarred women battle tradition
Bela Mutoshvili, 55, a music teacher, and guesthouse owner, sits outside her Folk Guesthouse in Jokolo village of Pankisi, Georgia, May 30, 2019. "Developing tourism is the only way for the village to survive now, there are no other jobs here," Mutoshvili said. "I have a group of very talented students but I'm afraid if they get married young they give up music and their dreams. They are very ambitious and want to continue studying in conservatory, I support them as much as I can." REUTERS/Ekaterina Anchevskaya SEARCH "PANKISI WOMEN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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