The Baker. Gali, Abkhazia (Caucasus)
In a bakery in Gali, Abkhazia.
Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia after the 1992-93 war, but this status is only recognised by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The complex conflict resulted in a wave of atrocities by both sides of the conflict (probably aided by the presence of Georgian militia and North Caucasian fighters), and the Mingrelian-Georgian population fled Abkhazia during 1991-1994, and again 1998, resulting in a wave of Internally Displaced People in Georgia. Less than half of the formely 525.000 people in Abkhazia remained(1). Abkhazia itself remains isolated, with little international aid, and heavy dependence on Russian support.
After 1994 and 1998, displaced Georgians began to resettle in Gali district, which now – like before the war - is the the only Abkhaz town with a largely Mingrelian-Georgian population.
This bakery was supported by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) with a business grant to start up.
Taken during a photo project for the DRC. Leica M8 and Zeiss Biogon 2/35.
(1)De Waal, T., 2010: The Caucasus – An Introduction. Oxford Press.