23 Oct 2012 02:00
Many Georgian civilians were deported or fled their homes during the past century's conflicts and found refuge in other parts of the country or neighboring Central Asian countries. While some managed to start a new life, the majority of internally displaced people still struggle with housing and unemployment issues. In Tbilisi and other regions of Georgia, thousands of displaced families are claiming ownership rights to buildings they have occupied since the conflicts. In other cases families are returning to villages from where their parents were deported decades ago and face integrating into new communities.
Roma are one of the most stigmatized minorities of Georgia, associated with street vendors, beggars and in many cases thought of as thieves and swindlers.
Villagers cut meat for the Eid al Adha festival near the mosque in Talaveri village, populated mostly by ethnic Azerbaijanis.