Waiting Since 18 Years For …?


Tskhaltubo, a former Soviet spa resort, is now turned into a shelter for internally displaced people (IDP) from the short but intense Georgian-Abkhaz war (1992–93). 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 hopes of the present.
(Published as Leica Fotographie International Photostory)

*This number has decrease to 800, due to efforts to resettle IDPs in proper homes.