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IDP Portrait. Tskhaltubo, Georgia. | by S_Peter
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IDP Portrait. Tskhaltubo, Georgia.

Tskhaltubo is a former Soviet sanatorium, turned into a shelter for internally displaced people (IDP) from the short but intense 1992-93 Abkhaz war. Some 7000 IDP have been living here since 18 years in poor, cramped and unsanitary conditions, waiting for another future, seemingly forgotten by the rest of the world. Tskhaltubo’s dilapidating buildings used to be the Soviet holiday paradise, now they are haunted by the ghosts of the past and the broken promises of the present.


The photo was taken during a photo project for the Danish Refugee Council.


Leica M6, Zeiss Sonnar C 1.5/50 (at f/2.8), and Ilford HP5+ pushed to ISO 1600 (in HC-110B). Scanned with Hasselblad X1.

© Peter Schön/DRC

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Taken on May 23, 2012