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Feature On Georgian Birthmother Of U.S. Paralympian Recognized

Liana Khurtsidze, birth mother of U.S. Paralympian Elizabeth Stone, in her native Dikhashkho (western Georgia)
READ ---> For U.S. Athlete And Georgian Birth Family, A Past And Present Revealed

Reported jointly by the Central Newsroom's Richard Solash and Marina Vashakmadze of the Georgian Service, this feature reveals the agony of a poverty-stricken mother forced by circumstances to place her newborn, disabled daughter for adoption. The story carries a message of hope as well, as the girl builds a new life in a foreign land with her adopted family, eventually gaining prominence by competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. A video interview with the girl's biological mother, sister and brother, shares the moment when they learn that their long-lost family member is not only alive, but achieving remarkable success and fame.

Runner Up: "With Perks And Privileges, Tajikistan Seeks To Lure Male Teachers Back To Schools" by the Tajik Service's Zarangez Navruzshoh and the Central Newsroom's Farangis Najibullah highlights the plight of teachers in this impoverished Central Asian state, providing readers with details about the number of male and female teachers, figures about their monthly wages, and the status of education in the country.