- Woman believed to be the oldest person in the world celebrates her 129th birthday
- The woman noted that she is tired of living such a long life
- She also talked about living through World War II and the collapse of the Soviet Union
A Russian woman who is believed to be the oldest person in the world has celebrated her 129th birthday. The woman identified as Koku Istambulova stated that she is tired of living, adding that she should have died at a young age.
Istambulova is from a Bratskoye village in the South Western part of Russia. The 129-year-old woman who outlived all her children has six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The woman who stated that she has no idea why she lived so long, revealed that she has never lived a happy day in her entire life.
She said: "I see other people eating healthy and doing fitness routines, I have no idea why I have lived so long."
"I have not had a single happy day in my life. I have always worked hard, digging in the garden. I am tired. Long life is not at all God's gift for me - but a punishment."
According to the Russian government, Istambulova who might be the oldest person in the world, was 55 years old when World War II ended and she was 102 years old when the Soviet Union collapsed.
The Russian government also revealed that her passports puts her date of birth on June 1, 1889. She reportedly lost all her children during the Chechen Wars except one daughter who died in 2013.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the old woman talked about her experience during the Chechen Wars. She recounted how tanks passed her home. She also noted that her family was deported along with other Chechens being accused of N*zi collaboration.
She said: "I survived through the Russian Civil War [after the Bolshevik revolution], the Second World War, the deportation of our nation in 1944 and through two Chechen wars. I remember tanks with Germans passing our house. It was scary."
"But I tried not to show this, we were hiding in the house. Life in Kazakhstan was the hardest for us. When in exile, we lived in Siberia too but in Kazakhstan we felt how the Kazakhs hated us. Every day I dreamed of going back home. Working in my garden helped me to get rid of my sad thoughts but my soul always wanted home."
Istambulova lost her eyesight some years ago and she now depends on her descendants to take care of her needs. One of her granddaughters attributed her long life to a healthy diet and hard labour.
She said: "Grandma hasn't been eating meat for a very long time, even chicken. She only eats fruit and vegetables."
According to Mirror, Caucasus, a region located at the border of Europe and Asia is known for the longevity of its people.
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