The Georgia Files

Notes from a frozen conflict

In 2008, Georgia, a former Soviet Republic, became engulfed in a short but intensive armed conflict with Russia over the northern province of South Ossetia. The hostilities were sparked by the country’s ever closer relations to the EU and NATO and South Ossetia’s desire for independence.

While the armed conflict only lasted for a couple of days the effects are felt to this day. Protracted displacement and chronic poverty is but a few of the conditions which the conflict affected population lives under.

While felt throughout the country, it is especially stark for the people living along the disputed boundary line.

In the wake of the conflict, and in an unprecedented rapid response, the EU deployed a monitoring mission to the region. Until today, it is the only international organisation overseeing the peace in a land of unearthly beauty where at times fierce nationalist rhetoric has defined the boundaries between peoples and identities.

These are moments from their stories…

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  • Resilience comes in many shapes

    An interview with a female cardiologist working in one of the settlements for internally displaced persons.

  • A life displaced

    A photo essay depicting the life of conflict affected populations living in Settlemets and Collective Centers in Georgia.

  • Chiatura - mining in the heart of Georgia

    A photo essay about a mining community in the Imeretian mountains of Georgia.

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  • Resilience comes in many shapes

    An interview with a female cardiologist working in one of the settlements for internally displaced persons.

  • A life displaced

    A photo essay depicting the life of conflict affected populations living in Settlemets and Collective Centers in Georgia.

  • Chiatura - mining in the heart of Georgia

    A photo essay about a mining community in the Imeretian mountains of Georgia.