Rubble, Landmines and Mass Graves
Free Bricks and Bullets Lying Around
In 2003 the United Nations called Grozny the ‘Most Destroyed City on Earth.”
The destruction in Grozny from the two Chechen Wars has been compared to the leveling of Dresden and Hiroshima during WWII. Between the Russian Bombers
and Artillery Shells that have flattened the city during two sieges - to the
suicide bombings by Chechen Rebels and Insurgents, there is not much left of
While fighting “officially” ended in 2006, murders both political
and merely criminal abound.
Organized Crime is rampant. Only some 900
buildings of the 60,000 destroyed have been rebuilt, many people live in
abandoned buildings and the shells of their former residences without
electricity or running water – and eek out a meagre existence by finding
scrap metal among the rubble, while collecting broken and shattered bricks
to rebuild their homes.
So think about that next time you complain about the
long lines at “Home Depot.”