Excerpt from the Register-Mail:
Ana Dashniani was one of only a few students on the Knox College campus Friday afternoon.
The 18-year-old freshman wasnâ€™t expecting to come to college this early, as the rest of her classmates wonâ€™t move in until Saturday, but the well-publicized violence in the Eurasian country of Georgia forced her hand. Dashniani is a native Georgian whose family lives in the capital city Tbilisi.
She returned from a holiday in Turkey with friends Aug. 9 to discover that her country was, essentially, at war.
â€œI had no idea what was going on in my country. My parents just looked at me with these weird looks on their faces,â€ she said. â€œI thought that somebody had died … but actually, it was worse than that.”