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…