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A moments pleasure at Aki Yurt

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A couple of young Chechen girls relishing their success at the Aki Yurt refugee camp in Ingushetia.


Bubble gum was and is a luxury, particularly for those who barely have food to eat, water to drink and a home to live in; in their case, basic rations, a well and tents, mostly provided by UNHCR.


As the adults did what adults do, which in refugee camps is sadly very little, the little girls played with us, volleyball amongst other energetic sports. Their reward for beating us (yes, they did beat us!) was some of the bubble gum we brought along, which as you can see by the photo, was a clearly enjoyed luxury!

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Taken on May 11, 2000