The Pankisi Gorge is being abandobed Parents are withdrawing children from schools and leave Georgia. The cause is a heavy social background and a special operation in the Pankisi Gorge that killed 19-year-old Temirnal Machalikashvili.
Hundreds of families of Pankisi Gorge have already left. The locals say that there is a lot more have a desire to leave.
35 pupils left Duisi school. Over 60 have stopped studying in Omalo and Dumasturi. Dozens of pupils have gone from Jokolo and the village of Birkiani schools.
The number of children in the Pankisi Gorge is also halved.