According to You Magazine this 129 years old Russian woman wishes she had died when she was younger.
Koku Istambulova, from Bratskoye in Russia, Made international headlines after government officials confirmed she was the oldest person in the world.
Born on the 1st of June 1889, the Russian stated she has never had a happy day in her life.
After loosing all her children to the “Chen-Chen War” (1994-2009) except one of her daughter who later died in 2013.
After loosing her eyesight few years ago Koku now depends on her grand children for support.
Her granddaughter Azma attributes her longevity to a healthy plant-based diet and hard manual labor.
“Grandma hasn’t been eating meat for a very long time, not even chicken,” Azma says. “She only eats fruit and vegetables.”
Koku recalls German tanks passing by her home during World War 2. Her family, along with many other Chechens, were accused by the Stalin regime of collaborating with the Nazis and deported.
“I survived through the Russian Civil War [after the Bolshevik revolution], World War 2 and 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 dreamt of going back home. Working in my garden helped me to get rid of my sad thoughts but my soul always wanted home.”
Russian officials say Koku’s birth documents were lost during the Second Chechen War (1999-2009) and that it’s therefore impossible to verify her age.
The oldest documented woman in the world is 119-year-old Japanese Chiyo Miyako, who was born on 2 May 1901.