Sanni Saarinen

The Displaced – Georgian Refugees

In 1994 Abhazia, considered as Georgian province by the international community, declared independent. The Georgian population of the area – 250 000 people – were forced to flee. 

In Georgia they were accommodated in abandoned, public buildings. They were meant to be temporal solutions for few months. Most of the people keep on living in them 20 years after the war. 

The peace negotiations are still in process and the return is not possible. Georgian government cannot offer better solutions either. 

New generation grows up in exile, but connection to homeland is maintained by shared stories, memories and dreams of return. 

I photograph people living in an old factory in the small town of Zugdidi in November 2013. 

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