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Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus
Sukhumi, ABKHAZIA, 2009 - Despite war in the early 1990s and years of isolation, the annual issuance of new Abkhazian postage stamps has never been interrupted. Director of Abkhazian Postal Services, Telephone and Telegraph Eduard Konstantinovich Piliya: 'We have printed stamps again this year and are convinced that the postal service will start working at any moment.'
Dranda, ABKHAZIA, 2010 - Cook Roma Ateba (34) in Dranda, the only prison of Abkhazia.
Sukhum, ABKHAZIA, 2010 - House in the suburbs of Sukhum, which is offered by the Abkhazian government to Turkish repatriant Faruk Karcaa (55) and his family. Faruk doesn't have money to repair the house. So he is still renting a small apartment in the center of Sukhum.
Sukhum, ABKHAZIA, 2010 - Milana Vozba is student at the university of Sukhum. She works as a freelance translator.
Eshera, ABKHAZIA, 2010 - The second time we visit Mikhail Yefremovich Zetunyan (88) in his house with a magnificent view of the Black Sea. Despite the subtropical climate and stunning location most of the houses in Eshera are empty. During the war with Georgia in 1993, all the ethnic Georgians were driven out. Young village residents were killed in the fighting. Only a quarter of the village’s population remains. There are simply not enough people to keep the village going, leaving everything to fall into further disrepair. Mikhail Yefremovich doesn’t care. He feels his time has come and is busy making his own coffin. © Rob Hornstra/INSTITUTE
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Dranda, ABKHAZIA, 2010 - Meal in Dranda, the only prison of Abkhazia.
Kuabchara, ABKHAZIA, 2009 - Brothers Zashrikwa (17) and Edrese (14) pose proudly with a Kalashnikov on the sofa in their aunt and uncle’s house. They live in the Kodori Valley, a remote mountainous region on the border between Abkhazia and Georgia. In August 2008, Abkhazia gained control of the officially demilitarised Kodori Valley. The valley’s 2,000 Georgian inhabitants fled over the border. A few families refused to be driven out: ‘We are mountain people. Borders don’t mean very much to us. But if I had to choose between a Georgian and an Abkhazian passport, I would choose a Georgian one.’ © ROB HORNSTRA/+31 6 14365936
Sukhum, ABKHAZIA, 2010 - The Sukhum Primate Center in Abkhazia is the oldest primate research laboratory in the world. Founded in the 1920s, the institute now strives for relevance amid Abkhazia's struggle for independence from Georgia, dwindling funds, and the loss of a large portion of its animals to a modern lab in neighboring Russia.
Tkuarchal, ABKHAZIA, 2010 - Tribute to victims of war in the cultural palace in Kuarchal. During the War in Abkhazia (1992-3), Tkuarchal withheld, through Russian humanitarian and military aid, an uneasy siege by the Georgian forces. Since 1995 it is the centre of the newly-formed Tkvarcheli district.The town's population was 21,744 in 1989. The three main ethnic groups were Abkhaz (42.3%), Russians (24.5%) and Georgians (23.4%). As a result of the War in Abkhazia the town's industries all but stopped and its population decreased greatly and according to the 2003 census data its population was 4,786.
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