The forgotten refugees of Abkhazia

In 1993 the territory of Abkhazia fought to cede itself from Georgia resulting in a vicious year long civil war leaving 100,000 people killed and more than 350,000 forced to become refugees. Many of these Abkhazia Georgians found refuge in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi - others in a remote border town Zugdidi.

The conflict remains unresolved and the refugees – unable to return to their homes have largely been forgotten – struggle to exist in rundown hotels and abandoned tower blocks.

Left: The Hotel Iveria, once a luxury hotel for wealthy Russians holidaying in Georgia, is now decrepit and home to more than 1000 Abkhazian refugees who have made it their home since the war in 1993. Tbilisi, Georgia. 2003.