South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia in 1990. At that time, Russian troops occupied the region in the Caucasus, which encompasses large parts of the Georgian-Russian border, underlining the claims of the South Ossetians. Then, as Russia prepared to annex the province in 2008, Georgian troops intervened and entered South Ossetian territory. With the subsequent response from Russia, the Caucasus War started. The consequences were hundreds of deaths and thousands of people who had to flee to other Georgian territory. Many of them were deprived of their land and homes, are unemployed and unprotected, and continue to dream of returning to their homes in the territories now controlled by Russia.

Many of the displaced people have been living in refugee camps since the Russian-Georgian war in 2008. Most of them live on state support and struggle with the trauma of war. One of the camps is located near the breakaway region of South Ossetia. About 800 small white houses with red rooftops stand in parallel rows, having small gardens at the front.

„We are glad that we got a home until we can go back one day. 
Back to our real home.“

I participated in the war in 2008. I love my Georgia and I love people who appreciate the culture of my people. I don’t like politics, I like truth.