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David Verberckt

Alley in Shushi town, Nagorno-Karabakh, March 2014

Alley in Shushi town, Nagorno-Karabakh, March 2014

Frozen Conflicts

Refugees: internally displaced persons living in prolonged limbo in places that lack international recognition, much needed aid and support. Some are born into this social status, labelled by a bygone conflict. Nagorno-Karabakh, recognised as part of Azerbaijan, is scarcely populated with abandoned towns erased by war. The population suffers from isolation and a complete lack of international recognition. Samegrelo, a region in Georgia bordering disputed territory, has absorbed large numbers of internally displaced persons. They face serious socio-economic problems and live in dire conditions. Only rare returnees have made it back to the area of Gali and face great insecurity.

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